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Publication Date: October 18, 2005
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Four held

after stabbing

in nightclub

Tribune Staff Reporter
GLENN Fulford, the teenag-
er stabbed and beaten to death
over the weekend at a Nassau
nightclub, in his last words told
his best friend: "I am going to
Seconds later, Glenn passed
away in front of scores revellers
as his killers fled the scene.
The brutal killing took place
at Waterloo nightclub on East
Bay Street in, the early hours of
Friday morning. A group of
men pounced on him and left
him dying in a pool of blood.
Witnesses said the males
accosted him near the pool, beat
him to the ground and kicked
,and stomped his body until he
was motionless.
In an interview with The Tri-
bune yesterday Maurice Arm-
strong, best friend of the vic-
tim, said that while Glenn was
lying on the ground he said,
"Boy, I ga die."
Maurice said he told his
friend: "You gat to fight this.'
"He nodded his head and
told me 'yeah'. After that he
just started trembling and took
his last breath," said Maurice
as he reflected on the tragic end
to his friend's life.
An older brother of the vic-
tim claimed Glenn and his
friend were pointed out to the
killers by a female. He felt the
attack was some kind of
Terran Fulford, Glenn's
brother, said he was on Cat
Island when he found out about

N GLENN Fulford

his brother's death.
When he called Nassau and
spoke with his mother, Virginia
Fulford, she told him: "They
take my baby from us."
Yesterday, Glenn's family
went to identify his body. Ter-
ran said that when he saw
Glenn in the morgue, in reality
he knew it was him, but he
couldn't come to grips with the
fact that it was his brother.
"I have to pass his room to
go to my room and I still some-
times feel like he is in there.
His room still smells like him,
SEE page 10

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE government has until
today to respond to the
Bahamas Public Service
Union's concerns regarding
the Gaming Board, or the
union will shut down the casi-
no industry in the Bahamas.
John Pinder, president of
the BPSU, led Gaming Board
employees in a protest after
negotiations for a new indus-
trial agreement reached a

Gas prices due to rise again

* MINISTER of Trade and Industry Leslie Miller talks to the press yesterday

Tribune Staff Reporter
CONSUMERS will once again feel a
pinch at the pumps after Trade and
Industry Minister Leslie Miller yester-
day announced yet another gas increase.
Starting tomorrow, Texaco consumers
in New Providence can expect to pay
$4.95 for gasoline, an increase of 92 cents,
and $3.99 for diesel, an increase of 73

In some Family Islands, gas could be as
much as $5.50 per gallon.
Mr Miller said his ministry is still await-
ing word from the other two major dis-
tributors, Shell and Esso, to see if they,
too, will: ask for an increase.
Although Hurricane Katrina's affect
on the oil industry has caused a spike in
gas prices, the three companies chose
not to increase prices to assist customers
at that time.
This latest increase will have a negative

(Photo: Fellpi Major/Tribune Staff)

effect on the country's entire economic
base, Mr Miller 'said, adding that it will
get worse before it gets better.
According to Mr Miller, what makes
matters worse is that the current order
which caused the increase came from the
same supplier in Venezuela which would
have been used if the proposed Petro-
Caribe initiative was being enforced.
Mr Miller said this is why it is
SEE page 10

Students sent home

after water failure

MORE than 1,300 high
school students were dismissed
from lessons yesterday when
sanitary conditions threatened
to deteriorate due to low water
Students of C V Bethel High
School were sent home at noon
after a major leak in the
school's water system was dis-.
Speaking with The Tribune,
superintendent Willard Barr
said the school had been expe-
riencing fluctuating water
pressure for the past few days,
but had been able to cope so
However, he said, water pres-
sure reached an all-time low

yesterday and the school's
administration decided to dis-
miss classes for the rest of the
"When you have hardly any
water pressure it becomes very
difficult to maintain the neces-
sary sanitation standards," he
"At press time last night,
technicians from the Ministry
of Works and the Water and
Sewerage Corporation were
working to repair the leak in
time for classes today.
"We are hopeful that school
will be reopened (today)," said
Mr Barr.
SEE page 10

stalemate last week.
He told The Tribune yes-
terday that if government does
not respond, "We will pull all
of our inspectors out of the
casinos and without the
inspectors, the casinos cannot
According to Mr Pinder
the government had pro-
posed a $.6 million contract
over a five-year period for
the 100 Gaming Board
SEE page 10

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Time to make upper chamber

somewhat-more relevant

THERE was an attempt to con-
jure up a constitutional crisis
out of the recent manoeuvres around
the office of Leader of the Opposition.
But, clumsy though they may have
been, those activities came nowhere
near creating a constitutional crisis.
It is one thing to take advantage of a
political opponent's embarrassing situ-
ations but it is quite something else to
alarm the public with irresponsible talk
about constitutional crisis,
No constitution can be so compre-
hensive and perfectly drafted as to avoid
all possibility of running into serious
problems at sometime or other. When
that does happen, those responsible for
sorting it out must rely on the spirit of
the document, conventions, useful
precedents and good old common sense.
The Constitution of the Bahamas says
that the.Goverhor General shall appoint
as Prime Minister the member of the
House of Assembly who is the leader of
the party with the majority in the
It also makes provision for the
appointment of a Prime Minister in the
event of a dispute over leadership of
the party or in the event no party has a
majority in the House. But it does not
apticipate that after an election there
will be no-one in the House who is both
qualified and willing to accept the office.
The whole system and the very nature
of our politics make such an eventuali-
ty maybe not inconceivable but highly
unlikely. But if it were to happen, that
would certainly be a constitutional cri-

n the case of Leader of the Oppo-
sition, the Constitution does not

So instead of trying to manufacture
crises where there are none, we
should be about refining our system
of government, not just to avoid crises
but to ensure flexibility and the
sensible application of democratic
principles to our particular

be about refining our system of gov-
ernment, not just to avoid crises but to
ensure flexibility and the sensible appli-
cation of democratic principles to our
particular circumstances. This used to be
described as using one's imagination;

fundamentals common to the concept
but with innovations to suit our cir-
cumstances. We must continue to pro-
tect those fundamentals but we should
not be afraid of innovations.
The most obvious difference between
our parliament and Westminster is size.
There are nearly 650 members of the
House of Commons and only 40 in our
House of Assembly. That fact alone
dictates a raft of considerations.
For instance, the term backbencher in
Britain refers to elected members of
parliament who are neither ministers
nor shadow ministers. In the Bahamas
,when we talk about backbenchers we
usually mean those members of the gov-
erning party who are not ministers.
It makes little sense to refer to oppo-
sition backbenchers when the opposi-
tion's entire contingent is only eight.
When the PLP was in opposition there
were only five, hardly enough to shadow
all government ministers.
In Britain it is highly unlikely that
any of the major parties will be left
without a credible front bench after an
election, so the opposition will always
be able to mount a shadow cabinet. In
the Bahamas it is not unlikely that an
opposition could again be reduced to
four or five members or one or none
at all.

B efore the last election Perry,
Christie, leader of the PLP, left
his former constituency and was nomi-
nated in what was regarded as a safer
seat at the time.
If the popularity of the FNM govern-
ment had not plummeted in the last
year or so of its term, Mr Christie's
move would have been a wise one since
the PLP would have risked losing some
or even all of the five.
As it turned out, the swing away from
the FNM ensured that Mr Christie

with the exception of Montagu.
Having regard to our smallness and
the changing demographics of the
Bahamas with its consequent scarcity
of so-called safe seats, it is likely that an
election could produce a result in which
the opposition fails to return a single
member even though garnering a
respectable percentage of the popular
So perhaps we should be thinking of
what to do in such circumstances and
whether we should make constitutional
changes in anticipation.
The Constitutional Commission's
Options for Change proposes several
questions for consideration with regard
to the Senate. One is whether the
appointment of senators should be
based on the percentage of votes polled
by their party in a general election.
If that question is answered in the
affirmative then the Senate will more
accurately reflect the votes cast for an
opposition party and there would be
no reason why the constitutional Leader
of the Opposition should not be able
to sit in that chamber.
In fact, even without such a change,
we ought to consider whether the leader
of an opposition party should be able to
sit in and function from the Senate as
constitutional Leader of the Opposi-

T he Senate serves some useful
purposes but many Bahamians
feel they do not get their money's worth
from that chamber. We still call it the
Upper House but in practice the Senate
is not a chamber in which older and
wiser heads sit as a check on the Lower
Just the opposite. Both dominant
political parties have used it more and
more as a training ground and to give
exposure to future candidates.
The argument that executive and con-
stitutional functions should not fall to
members of. a chamber which is not
directly elected does not hold since the
Constitution already provides that three
ministers, including the Attorney Gen-
eral, can be appointed from that cham-.
The Westminster system evolved over
many years and at one time the House
of Lords (the Upper House) was more
powerful than the House of Commons
(the Lower House).
That evolution is still progressing
today with attempts by the Labour Gov-
ernment to diminish, if not eliminate,
the idea of inherited political power
represented by that body.
It is time for us to abandon this pre-
tense about our Upper House and make
the Senate more relevant to our needs
and circumstances.

provide for the leader of an opposition
party to be Leader of the Opposition
but, in the first instance, the person who
is best able to command the support of,
the majority of members of the House
in opposition to the Government.
Failing that, there is further provi-
sion for the appointment of someone
else as Leader of the Opposition. But,
and this is the point, the Constitution
anticipates that there can be circum-
stances in which no-one is both qualified
and willing to accept the appointment.
So it makes provision for the system
to function without a Leader of the
Opposition. The Governor General
would act in her own deliberate judg-
ment in those instances where the
advice of the Leader of the Opposition
is ordinarily required.
In those cases where the Prime Min-
ister is required to act after consultation
with the Leader of the Opposition, he
would then act without such consulta-
tion. This would be an unhappy situa-
tion and not in the best interest of
democratic government but it would
not make the Constitution unworkable
nor would it bring the business of legis-
lating and governing to a grinding halt.
So instead of trying to manufacture
crises where there are none, we should


now it is called thinking out of the box.

A Ithough we like to refer to
0Aourselves as practising the
Westminster form of parliamentary
democracy, there are some huge differ-
ences between what happens at Parlia-
ment Square in Nassau and what hap-
pens at Westminster Palace in London.

We ought to consider whether the
leader of an opposition party should
be able to sit in and function from the
Senate as constitutional Leader of the

We are, in fact, practising a parlia- would have won his former constituen-
mentary system of democracy based on cy and any other New Providence seat

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victim is


to Nassau

Tribune Freeport

year-old Grand Bahama
man seriously injured in
a shooting on Sunday
was airlifted to the
Princess Margaret Hos-
pital in Nassau early
Monday morning.
Jason Demeritte of
25W Bass Lane is in the
intensive care unit
(ICU) with a severe
gunshot wound in his
upper right thigh.
Doctors at PMH are
closely monitoring his
According to Chief
Superintendent of
Police Basil Rahming,
the shooting occurred at
about 5pm at Demerit-
te's home at Bass Lane,
where police later
retrieved a shotgun.
Neighbours reportedly
heard persons arguing
inside the house and
then the sound of a gun
going off.
A group of young men
was then seen taking
Demeritte outside the
house to a white Buick
vehicle, which sped off
once he was inside.
Mr Rahming said
police went to the scene
and retrieved a 12-gauge
Mossberg shotgun con-
taining several car-
Police then went to
the Rand Memorial
Hospital, but were
unable to interview
Demeritte whose condi-
tion was listed as criti-
He was airlifted
around 12.30am Monday
to New Providence.
Mr Rahming said the
motive for the shooting
is still unclear.
Police are presently
searching for the group
of men and the white
Buick to assist them
with their investigations
into the matter.

THE 26-year-old
Freeport man injured in
a traffic accident on Sat-
urday was discharged
from hospital on Mon-
Luc Luckson escaped
with his life, but his pas-
senger, Roseline
Novembre, 37, of Haiti,
died instantly when the
Mitsubishi Galant they
were in overturned in
bushes after colliding
head-on with another
vehicle on East Atlantic
Novembre is the 19th
person to die on Grand
Bahama roads this year.

Privy Council makes landmark

ruling in false imprisonment case

Tribune Staff Reporter
IN WHAT has been described as a "milestone case"
for the country, the Privy Council in London has ruled
that Bahamian courts can award damages for the breach
of a person's constitutional rights.
The ruling came as the result of an appeal by Amer-
ican teacher Tamara Merson, whose constitutional
rights were abused by Bahamian police when she was
falsely imprisoned and assaulted in Freeport in 1987.
"The Privy Council has given teeth to the Bahamas
Constitution. It has created a new category of dam-
ages called vindication damages for breaches of consti-
tutional rights," Ms Merson's lawyer Fred Smith said
In 1994, then Chief Justice Dame Joan Sawyer ruled
that Ms Merson had been treated in an inhurnmne and
degrading fashion and awarded her $100,000 Cor con-
stitutional damages as well as $90,000 in damages for
assault, battery and false imprisonment and a further
$90,000 for malicious prosecution.
In October, 2001, however, the Court of-Appeal
overturned the ruling on the basis that there seemed to
be a duplication in damages and that there was no right
to separate constitutional relief.
Ms Merson, in June of this year, then appealed to the
Privy Council to restore the damages for the breach of
her constitutional rights. V
Last week the Lords of the Judicial Committee of the
Privy Council unanimously ruled to allow the appeal and
uphold the Supreme Court's initial ruling in the case,
thereby vindicating Ms Merson's constitutional rights.

"The totality of the damages she (Chief Justice Dame
Joan Sawyer) awarded was, in our opinion, reasonable
as a global figure to reflect what had been done to Ms
Merson. As a global figure there would have been no
real room for an inference of duplication in the assess-
ment," the Privy Council stated in their judgment.
In a press release yesterday, Mr Smith said that with
this move the Privy Council "has changed the land-
scape of constitutional rights in the Bahamas."
He said that for the first time in the Bahamas it has
been established that where there is a certain degree of
abuse of a person's rights, "constitutional rights could
also be infringed and the victim of governmental abuse
could recover both common law and constitutional
Mr Smith said that, through this ruling, the Privy
Council had created a new category of redress for
breaches of constitutional rights in the Bahamas.
"The Privy Council has found that in the Bahamas
the victim of abuse of constitutional rights is entitled to
have those rights vindicated not only by declaratory
relief but also, where appropriate, by damages," he
Ms Merson was visiting her paraplegic and diabet-

FRED SMITH and Tamara Merson
outside of the Privy Council in London.
ic father in Freeport in 1987 when Sergeant Drexel
Cartwright (later promoted to Inspector) executed a
search warrant at her father's home.
The father, who was away at the time, was suspect-
ed of conducting an illegal banking operation.
After the search, police arrested Ms Merson and
held her in custody for three days.
In 1994, the Supreme Court found the following facts
proven and therefore ruled that Ms Merson had been
treated in an inhumane fashion:
Ms Merson was not allowed to change her clothing
or to call anyone for her assistance after her arrest.
She was taunted and teased by the police, who
used racial slurs such as "white honky."
She was initially locked up at Freeport Central
Police Station with another female and two male pris-
oners who were not separated from the men in any
She was not permitted to use the bathroom for
some time.
Ms Merson was also not allowed to take her med-
ication during the first night at the jail and had to share
the cell with two men who threatened to rape her.
Ms Merson described the cell as "the black hole of
Calcutta" and said the jail was so busy that day that pris-
oners could not be let out to use the toilet and prisoners
defecated and vomited in the cell area.
One of the inmates also masturbated in front of Ms
Merson and there was a general mayhem and confusion
throughout the day.
She was denied her right to see her counsel, Harvey
Tynes, until later that evening.
Ms Merson was kept in custody well over the allowed
48 hours and unlawfully denied bail.
Those were the facts upon which the Chief Justice
awarded her $100,000 for constitutional damages.

Man wanted for questioning

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT A 32-year-old
Lucaya man is being sought by
Grand Bahama police for ques-
tioning in connection with the dis-
appearance of two men..
The suspect, identified as Idi
Otho Saunders, of 12 Midship-
man Road and Helm Lane, is
considered armed and extremely
Saunders, who is the driver of
Taxi Cab number 79, is described
as about five feet, seven inches
tall, of medium build and dark
brown complexion.
Police say he has short crinkly
hair, brown eyes and weighs
about 205 pounds.
Superintendent Basil Rahming
said the suspect should be
approached with caution.
About two weeks ago, 37-year-
old Mark Forbes of Drake
Avenue and a second man iden-
tified only as 'Bobby', went miss-
They were last seen around
11.15am at Port Lucaya boarding
a white boat displaying the regis-
tration number FL5516JY with a
centre console and powered by a
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According to police reports,
the vessel was discovered burning
at sea about five miles south of
Fortune Point on October 4.
Police conducted a search of
the burnt vessel, but found no
one onboard or in the surround-
ing waters.
Forbes is described as about
six feet, one inch tall of medium
build and dark complexion. He
had a shaved mustache and a goa-
tee. He was wearing dark pants
when last seen.
The second man, known as
Bobby, was wearing khaki
coloured trousers, a white shirt
and a pair of white tennis shoes.
His address and physical descrip-
tion Ae not known.
P le are urging anyone with
information concerning the sus-
pect or the two missing men to
contact them in Grand Bahama at
350-3106,352-9774/5, 911 or crime
tipst4s at 352-1919. Police in Nas-
sau can be contacted at 328-8477,
322-2561 or 919.


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Ministry steps up fight

against illegal fishing

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Ministry of Agriculture
and Fisheries has announced an
aggressive new policy to combat
illegal fishing.
In future, the ministry says, it
will confiscate the vessels of all
foreign poachers.
Speaking at a press conference
yesterday, Agriculture and Fish-
eries Minister V Alfred Gray
said this new approach is just one
of the methods being imple-
mented by government to stop
illegal fishing.
He,,said, government has also
irictr ed!the presence of
Defee Foce officers on fishing
grounds and purchased addi-
tional craft for the Department
of Fisheries.
According to Mr Gray, the
fines for poaching range between
$1 to $50,000. He explained that
fines in each particular case are
set by the courts.
"If they are fined by the courts
our approach will be to confis-
cate their vessel because we think
that once the vessels are confis-
cated fishermen will have to go
back to the drawing board to buy
new vessels and it will be a
*soQure fdiscpuragement. That's
wh , have taken this new
approach and we hope it will act

at least as a deterrent."
In the past, the minister said,
the Department of Fisheries has
merely fined convicted poachers
for the release of their vessels.
Director of Fisheries Michael
Braynen said it is safe to say that
reports of illegal fishing are made
to the department, "almost on a
weekly basis".
"I cannot give an exact num-
ber, but we are constantly get-
ting reports from fishermen," he
said. "I wouldn't say daily but
perhaps weekly."
Mr Braynen added that most
of these reports come from
around the "southern part of the
Great Bahama Bank" and that
according to reports, fishermen
from the Dominican Republic
are being blamed for most of the
Mr Gray encouraged "all fish-
ermen to continue to report the
sightings of such vessels or any
other craft, including local craft
who show little regard for our
resources and our fishing laws."
"Again, I issue a plea to all
fishermen who fish our waters
to avoid engaging in hostile activ-
ities on the high seas by giving
due respect .to each other and
the property rights of others,
especially the property of those
who deposit the condos at the
bottom of the sea.."

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ON A recent radio talk show Trade and
Industry Minister Leslie Miller claimed that
Hugo Chavez's PetroCaribe energy co-opera-
tive agreement was a simple commercial con-
tract nothing to do with politics, he said.
Obviously Mr Miller is reading from a dif-
ferent hymn sheet than we are. The one in
our possession looks more political than eco-
nomic, unless Mr Miller can explain how "colo-
nialism" and "imperialism" fits into a contract
that he says is intended only to buy and sell oil.
Regardless of what Mr Miller would have
one believe, this document is designed as a
political instrument to take a stab at the free
market and US President George Bush. And
in this little venture the Bahamas and 13
Caribbean islands are to be taken along as
Chavez and Fidel Castro's accomplices.
Those who would like to cloud the issue
with the spurious argument that anyone against
this proposed agreement has something against
Venezuelan oil, has completely missed the
point of the argument. .
We are all aware that the Bahamas has
been a consumer of Venezuelan oil for many
years. In fact in August, 1990 Venezuela's
state owned Petroleos de Venezuela SA
(PVDVSA) purchased BORCO in Grand
Bahama, where it is still doing business as a
storage and blending facility.
And so no one has anything against
Venezuelan oil. The objection is to its new
packaging. In its political Bolivarian wrap-
pmgs the ;oi1VM'bE uveoi 01t 1e e
.the "c'iotrie1lthi
sovereign use of energy resources based entire-
ly on the proposal for integration" with
Venezuela at its head. And instead of belong-
ing to the free market where proud Bahamians
have always paid their way, the Bahamas will
become a debtor nation, a vassal, no longer an
equal trading partner of Venezuela. -
On September 16 The Tribune published an
interview with Mr.Vincent Coleby, chairman of
Mr Miller's Petroleum Usage Review -Com-
mittee. During the interview Mr Coleby
announced that government was expected to
make a decision within a week on whether it
would sign the PetroCaribe accord. That's
been four weeks ago, and still no announce-
ment. This is nothing unusual for this govern-
ment, which has the reputation of not knowing
its own mind. However, Mr Christie can take
as long as he likes over this one, because it
would seem that all ;of its ramifications have
not been clearly thought out.
Before any signing is done, we think that
the public has a right to hear another voice on
the matter other than the voice of Mr
Miller. And the public- should not tolerate
being brushed aside as was the Chamber of

Commerce with its 87 recommendations for
amendments to the Consumer Protection Bill.
Other than a lot of empty phrases, no one
has heard whether government has done a
proper feasibility study of how storage, trans-
portation and distribution of the oil is to be
handled and how the PetroCaribe plan will
bring down fuel prices as promised by Mr
Mr Miller and his committee have been
doing a lot of talking about shaving margins
and cutting out middle men.
When he and his committee suggested that
government take the lead and reduce its per
unleaded gallon tax from $1.06 to $0.90, James
Smith, Minister of State for Finance quickly cut
them off. "No way, Josd!" was the essence of
Mr Smith's brusque reply,
"That's off the table," he told the group
through the columns of The Tribune. "There's
no way we could logically consider that,
because that tax has already been spent for
this year."
He said government had "factored that into
revenue projections" and part of each Min-
istry's Budget was dependent on realising the
projected revenues from the $1.06 flat tax rate
imposed on unleaded gasoline.
"That's not a very valid suggestion to make
to any government," Mr Smith told the com-
And don't come sniffing around to take
anything out of our pockets was the message
gas' retailers:had for the review committee.
Always disgruntled over their profits, the gas
men made it clear that their margins were
already lean enough; no one need come sharp-
ening any pencils around them.
And so all that is left are the three large gas
companies Esso, Shell and Texaco. Are
these the middle men that Mr Miller and his
committee intend to eliminate? How are they
to be eliminated -- bought out or nationalised?
One can only imagine what that would do to
the Bahamas' reputation for being a sound
nation with which to do business.
After these companies have been disposed
of who is to replace them? Is government to be
the new middle man- a middle man without
experience, without distribution facilities, its
only credit a note for long-term financing from
Hugo Chavez of Venezuela?
Someone recently remarked that instead
of paying for our oil up front as we do now, the
Bahamas will be like the man who enjoys a,
running tab at the bar. Happily he drinks him-
self silly until the day of reckoning arrives and
the bartender bellows: "Come'on buddy, it's
pay up time!"
Is that when Bahamian taxpayers will be
called upon to pay the bill?

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Another look at PetroCaribe deal

EDITOR, The Tribune
PLEASE allow me a little
space to comment on a recent
letter to the editor which
appears to have embraced a
theme I advanced some weeks
ago, ie that PetroCaribe may
really only be meaningful for
the Bahamas if refining activity
at BORCO is resumed.
BORCO indeed once had the
capacity to process approxi-
mately 500,000 barrels per day
(BPID) of crude oil making it
the 5th (or 7th) largest refinery
in the world at that time in
terms of crude throughput.
The letter writer's description
of the refinery as "grass roots"
is appropriate; BORCO pro-
duced mainly residual oil (fuel
oil) and some higher valued dis-
tallate products (diesel oil, jet
fuel, naphtha, LPG) but no
gasoline. In petroleum industry
parlance, the facility would be
described as a topping refinery.
The writer's suggestion that
refining operations might read-

ily be resumed:and gasoline
production easily added is
unfortunately well off the mark.
While three crude distillation
columns (towers), the vacuum
distillation, column and LPG
distillation -columns were all-
"mothballed" to preserve these
assets when the refinery was
first shut down, mothballing sys-
tems were themselves shut
down after a number of years.
The columns have therefore
likely deteriorated (corroded)
to a state where bulldozing is
the only serious option.
Construction of a new and
perhaps somewhat smaller
refinery, embracing technolog-
ical advances of the past 40
years, will likely be the most
viable approach.
It is to be noted that the
Venezuelan government, in its

bilateral accord with Jamaica,
committed (among other things)
to expanding and modernising
the Jamaica government owned
refinery in Kingston.
Venezuela has also commit-
ted to upgrading and bringing
into service a recently con-
structed 75,000 BPD Cuban
Given the worldwide short-
age of refining capacity and the'
strategic location of BORCO,
convincing the Venezuelain
Government to construct a
modern refinery in Grand'
Bahama should not be too dif-
ficult a task.
However, given the ongoing
indecision regarding establish-
ment of an LNG facility inu
Grand Bahama (or elsewhere
in the Bahamas) to meet antic-
ipated US east coast energy
shortages, Venezuela may not
be the problem.
Freeport, Bahamas
October 10 2005

Unanswered questions

on Registrar General

EDITOR, The Tribune
MY fellow Bahamians, did
y'all hear the caller recently on
Issues of the Day who was talk-
ing about the Registrar Gener-
al's Department? Trying to call
in phone ring twenty times,
etc. That receptionist must be
still following the former Reg-
istrar around instead of being
at his post. My brother she gone
- go back to your post and
answer the phone!
Then the same week we see a
news report in The Tribune
"Shane Miller will be Registrar
General." Well I thought that
was a done deal! Mr Miller
won't comment so he refers the
media to the Minister and the
Minister refers the media to Mr.
Miller. "Stupid is as stupid
With all the confusion in
recent weeks surrounding the
leadership of this department
you would think that they
would want to state just who is
running things there. Bahami-
ans, this is a constitutional post
we're talking about shouldn't.
the vacancy have been adver-
tised, when was it advertised? I
thought there was a process for
appointments too!

Well inquiring minds want to
know so I called there, even-
tually got through and asked a
few questions in my best for-
eign accent. You know this new
PLP love all things foreign. A
gentleman told me that the
Assistant Registrar, Ms Butler,
was acting as Registrar so I
should refer all correspondence
to her! Go figure.
So what is The Tribune article
talking about? And isn't there a
Deputy Registrar, Mr Lopez, in
Grand Bahama? If anyone
should act shouldn't it be him
before an Assistant Registrar
who is junior to him? If this
information is correct it seems
that all is still not well at that
vital Department. "Stupid is as
stupid does."
We deserve clarification and
as a citizen I demand it.
What about all those docu-
ments signed by Mr Miller
between January 11 and July 9,
2005? Are they valid or is there
some truth to the rumour that
some sort of Validation Act will
have to be passed to make them
valid? If that's the case then-.we
shouldn't have to wait until the
House of Assembly reopens in
October they need a special
sitting now! Your marriage

licence, your marriage certify;.
cate, your children's birth cer
tificates, our deeds, our cofn
veyances, our companies, pu;
copyright, our trademark'
signed by Mr Miller during that
crucial period are under the
microscope and may not bbe
valid and you know what we
need answers to that too and
this silence is too deafening.
Minister Maynard Gibso,
who was trying to get us td
believe that the former Regil
trar General Elizabeth Thomp--
son wasn't effectively reinstated
by the Court is so unusually
silent she needs to fess up. The
buck stops with her. Listen, it,
Miss Thompson wasn't effect
tively reinstated by the Supreme
Court as Registrar General,
then why did she have to
resign? Resign from what? Get
paid for what? ,*
We mussy look stupid. The-
Bahamian people need an
explanation for giving away our
money for foolishness, money
the Bahamian people can least.
afford. "Stupid is as stupid
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Murder accused tels suspends

jury he 'heard shots' issin

Tribune Staff Reporter
MURDER accused Elkino Pritchard
addressed the jury from the prisoner's
dock on Monday morning, telling them
he "heard shots" and saw the victim
Michael Francis lying in his yard.
Pritchard told the court that Mr Fran-
cis threatened to "f*** me and my
mother up" if the accused didn't "stop
He claimed that on the night in ques-
tion, the deceased yanked on his pants,
causing him to stumble down the stairs.
Then, Pritchard said, he was kicked
twice in the chest by Mr Francis, whom
the court was told was a third degree
black belt in Karate.


The accused said he fell down after
being kicked and he then "heard shots".
He said he saw Mr Francis lying in the
yard, and he ran, stopping only to tell a
neighbour to call an ambulance for
Pritchard's attorney Murrio Ducille
addressed the jury Monday morning.
He reminded the ten women and two
men of the testimony of Roscoe Carey,
who travelled from the Dominican
Republic to testify during the trial.
S"Had he (Carey) not come, you
would not have known that this man's
mother was slapped down by the
deceased," Mr Ducille told jurors.
He pointed to the fact that none of
the prosecution's witnesses was able to

tell them about Pritchard's mother
being slapped by Mr Francis.
The court was told that witnesses
were not in Pritchard's yard at the time
of the shooting. They were all in the
vicinity when the incident took place.
Mr Carey said he was sitting on the
wall near the yard with his back turned
away from Pritchard's door.
Mr Ducille reminded the court that
according to Carey, after the deceased
slapped the accused's mother, he went
"up the road" and came back, parked
his car, left the engine running, and
went into Pritchard's yard.
"When he left the car running and
got out, he (Mr Francis) did not go recit-
ing Beatitudes, he went with war in his
heart," said Mr Ducille.

"Trouble visited my client in that
yard; Francis went there with fire in his
heart and met his own demise."
Mr Ducille added that he was not say-
ing anyone deserves to die. He asked
the jury to judge the case objectively.
He reminded the jury that according
to pathologist Govinda Raju, the fatal
bullet followed an upward trajectory,
meaning the shooter was below the vic-
What the prosecution failed to tell
them, he said, is that to reach a murder
conviction, it must be proven that the
crime was intentional and unprovoked.
Senior Justice Anita Allen-is set to
instruct the jurors this morning, after
which they will retreat to the jury room
to consider a verdict.

E ASSISTANT manager of Bahamas
Experience Philip Symonette (far left)
and Sam Williams (second froun right),
of Bahamas Loving Care, donate
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family members of two sisters that
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sisters who died

in mailboat crash

Tribune Staff Reporter
HELP has arrived for the
children of two sisters who were
among the victims of the worst
maritime disaster in Bahamian
At a press conference held
yesterday, Bahamas Experience
Limousine Tours joined sever-
al other companies in donating
money and clothing to the chil-
dren of 28-year-old Brunel
Smith Ellis and 40-year-old
Brenda Smith Leslie.
; Both women died in the 2003
collision of the Sea Hauler and
the United Star. As a result, a
great burden has been placed
dn their mother, Bueina Cleare.
The donation was organised
by the group Bahamas Loving
Care (BLC). According to
rtember Sam Williams, BLC is
a "non-profit, grassroots, social
organisation that was founded
some 19 years ago that has
qndeared itself to the Bahami-
an public by supporting its fel-
low Bahamians who, through
ro fault of their own, have
found themselves in great diffi-

BLC invited the public to
join Bahamas Experience and
the other company in giving to
"a Bahamian family who are
seriously in need of help,"
During the 2003 Emancipa-
tion Day weekend, the Sea
Hauler was heading for the Cat
island Regatta when it collid-
ed with the freight vessel Unit-
ed Star near Highbourn Cay,
Exuma. Four people died and'
around 25 were injured.
After more than a year of
hearings and deliberations con-
ducted by a special Commis-
sion of Inquiry, it was ruled that
the captains of both vessels
were responsible for the acci-
Ms Cleare is now the sole
provider for six of the nine chil-
dren left behind by the death
of her daughters.
According to Mr Williams,
Ms Cleare is now living in a
rented six-room house that is
"severely dilapidated."
Mr Williams said he hopes
that the donations will be of
some assistance to her.
"It's a good cause and we
were happy to help," said Philip
Symonette, assistant manager

of Bahamas Experience. "And
we are and have been willing
to help others."
Other companies that have
donated to the family include
Price Busters and Kelly's.



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commissioned on Grand Bahama

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT A new $20 million
diesel generation plant by the Grand
Bahama Power Company was official-
ly commissioned last Friday.
The new unit on Peel Street, which
is identified as Unit 33, is the third of
four diesel plants that will be built
by the Power Company in response
to the need for additional cost effec-
tive. and reliable generation capacity
to meet the island's electricity
Burmeister and Wain Scandina-
vian Contractor A/S (BWSC) was
awarded the contract in 2004 for the
design, supply and installation of the

diesel power plant on a full turnkey
The project was completed ahead -
of schedule and handed over to Grand
Bahama Power Company in only 10
and a half months.
David Dunbar, CEO and president
of Grand Bahama Power Company,
said the new diesel plant strongly posi-
tions the power company for thefuture
of Grand Bahama island.
Over the past year, the company
had experienced some serious setbacks
in its electricity supply as a result of
hurricanes Frances and Jeanne, and
maintenance challenges at its power
plants, which resulted in numerous
He assured customers that the new

plant would play a significant role in
delivering more reliable and excellent
service to customers on Grand
"We see the commissioning of Unit
33 as a mark of vision and ongoing
commitment to respond to the
demands of our customers," he said.


Mr Dunbar reported that already
there has been some lessening of the
number of outages on the island. How-
ever, he rioted that there are still some
challenges with some of its large com-
mercial industrial customers which
they hope to address by the end of the

He said customers could expect to
see slightly lower fuel surcharge on
their bills if the price of oil does not
increase and stays constant.
"If you look at the fuel surcharge
and compare with others around the
Caribbean, yours, although high, is
lower than the rest of the Caribbean,"
he explained.
Mr Julian Francis said the prospects
for growth in Grand Bahama is impor-
tant. He noted that Freeport is the
platform from which parties from
across the world seek to position them-
In order for Freeport to remain
competitive, Mr Francis stressed that it
is critical that there is delivery of reli-

able, efficient power.
Prime Minister Perry Christie, who
was present at the groundbreaking
about 10 months ago, officially
unveiled the signage for the new 18 -.&
mega-watt diesel plant located on Peel
In his address, Mr Christie said that <,
Grand Bahama is a significantcom-
ponent in the future of the Bahamas. ,
In addition to several major.Y
developments taking place on the
island such as the $585 million at
West End, and $200 million condo
hotel and second home development
proposal in Freeport, he noted
that a proposal by-inv estor--Bobby- ...
Ginn was made to Cabinet last Tues-

Mitchell makes birthday Janet Brown

visit to Sandilands school first woman

president of

* FRED Mitchell enjoys a laugh with Principal Norma Dean as
students sing "Happy Birthday" during a special Installation
Ceremony of prefects and environmental marshals at Sandilands
Primary School yesterday. The school treated the Minister to a
birthday cake in celebration of his recent birthday.

* THE Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Public Service
and Member of Parliament for Fox Hill Fred Mitchell speaks
to students during a special installation ceremony at Sandi-
lands Primary School yesterday
(BIS photos: Tim Aylen)

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grand kids, family, friends & sisters-in-law.

0 FRED Mitchell hands out birthday cake to prefect Britney
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Kiwanis Club

in 25 years

* JANET Georges Brown is pictured here with her son and
escort for the evening Gerard Brown to her left.and Kiwanis
Lieutenant Govenor Henry Gibson to her right

Tribune Staff Reporter
JANET Georges Brown
made history this weekend
when she became the first
woman president in the 25-year
history of the Kiwanis Club of
Nassau AM.
Ms Brown is to lead the civic
organisation in its primary, mis-
sion this year building a state
of the art library for young men
at the Simpson Penn Centre.
She was installed as president
at a banquet on Saturday
evening, and described the
experience as the "zenith" of
her life.
Ms Brown said that she was
thrilled and excited to be the
first woman president of Kiwa-
nis. She said her personal goal
for the year will be to unite
members of the club and work
under this year's theme: "Forg-
ing partner relations."
The employee of BTC told
guests, "I am honoured and
humbled by the confidence
placed in me. I accept this
responsibility as sometimes des-
tiny drives us in directions that
we may have never imagined."
Accepting the mantle from
past president Charles Far-

quharson, Ms Brown added,
"As your president I promise to
work harder, to create oppor-
tunities for the unfortunate with-
in our society. It is my quest to
create a cohesive environment
which displays an atmosphere
of brotherly and sisterly love."
The Simpson Penn library
project is expected to cost more
than $100,000 and will include a
computer centre.
Said Ms Brown: "Knowledge
is power and in order for the
young men of the Simpson
Penn Centre for Boys to acquire
knowledge, they must become
avid readers by having access
to information."
Also installed at the banquet
were the elected officers and
directors who will work with Ms
Brown. They include: President
elect Evan Dean, vice president
Ryan Antonio, treasurer
Monique Saunders, assistant
treasurer Tiana Robinson, sec-
retary James Smith, assistant
secretary, Neekal Campbell.
Also installed were two-year
directors, Antonio Knowles,
Terrance Smith, and Wayne
Francis. New one-year directors
include Lambret Longley,
Edwin Thompson and Richard

Leaders seek support for

regional economic blocs

THREE Caribbean leaders
will seek to boost support for a
regional economic bloc in a
meeting with opposition offi-
cials next month, an official said
Monday, according to Associ-
ated Press.
Only Trinidad and Barbados
say they are ready to enter the
Caribbean Single Market and
Economy, scheduled to be
launched in January. The EU-
style bloc would harmonise
trade tariffs and allow skilled
workers to migrate freely with-
in the region.
The November 15 talks in

Guyana will be attended by St.
Lucia Prime Minister Kenneth
Anthony, Barbados Prime
Minister Owen Arthur and
Guyana President Bharrat
Jagdeo, said Robert Persaud,
Guyana's government
They will meet with three
regional opposition leaders,
Bruce Golding of Jamaica, Edi-
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Robert Corbin of Guyana.
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ONR: we won't sit and watch as our

heritage is trampled and taken

Tribune Staff Reporter
MEMBERS of Operation
National Rescue (ONR) say
they are not willing to allow
the nation's illegal immigration
problem to go on unchecked.
The group announced yes-
terday that it will hold a town
meeting on the matter at 7pm
on October 19 at the British
Colonial Hilton.
"We the members of Opera--
tion National Rescue, respond-
ing as concerned and responsi-
ble citizens on behalf of all
those who cannot make their
voices heard, now put our ser-
vants, the government, on
notice that we will no longer
sit and watch as our heritage
is trampled and taken," said
ONR chairman Dr Elwood
The presenters at the meet-
ingwill include former minister
of Immigration Loftus Roker,
Dr Donaldson, human rights
activist Paul D Moss Jr and
Glenroy "Flo" Saunders, a con-
cerned citizen.
Speaking at a press confer-
ence in Rason Square yester-

day, Dr Donaldson said the
town meeting will be "the
beginning of an active process
to mobilise all concerned
- Bahamian citizens to demand
that our grievances are
addressed promptly concern-
ing the vexing problem of ille-
gal immigration and its attend-
ing ills.
"We will rio longer sit idly
by as our cries for relief are
arrogantly dismissed, whether
through disinterest or igno-
rance. We are here to call for
and end to it all!"
Dr Donaldson said the pre-
senters will address several of
the many concerns raised by
the immigration problem.
"This is why we are urging
concerned membersof the
public to be present at this
meeting, as this issue affects us

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$2.2 million for construction of

mortgage building in Freeport

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT National Insurance
and Housing Minister Shane Gibson
signed a $2.2 million contract Thursday
for the construction of the Bahamas
Mortgage Corporation Building in
The new office building, which will
comprise 20,000 sq ft, will be located on
two and half acres of land on Adven-
turer's Way, just west of the .Govern-
ment Office Complex Building.
The building's completion, which is
set for early 2007, will also accommo-
date the offices of the Ministry of
Housing, The Urban Renewal Com-
mission and Freeport Passport Office.
Although the initial budget is set at

around $2.2 million, Mr Gibson said
that amount is expected to increase
to accommodate some additional
10,000 to 15,000 sq ft for the other
government offices requiringreloca-
Mr Gibson said a new mortgage
corporation building was needed to
meet the growing demand for afford-
able housing in Grand Bahama and
the Ministry of Housing's home con-
struction plans for the future.
The mortgage corporation office in
Freeport presently employs a full-time
staff of six that occupies some 1,200
sq ft of leased space on the second
floor in the government complex build-
ing on the Mall.
In the new building, it will occupy
some 5,000sq ft. Roston Miller and

Associates is expected to complete the
design for the new building within the
next three months.
When the architectural drawings
have been completed and submitted
to the government, a contractor will
be chosen for the construction.


Mr Gibson said that more than 850
homes have been built by the govern-
ment to date since 2002, adding that
the government intends to build just
over 1,200 homes over the next 18
In Grand Bahama there are between
2,500 to 3,000 applications for homes.
He added that they are expected to

build some 200 houses over the next
year on Grand Bahama.
"We are pleased that the Grand
Bahama Port Authority has provided
us with details of a plot of land some-
where in the Hawksbill subdivision,
where we are looking at purchasing
some acreage for just over 100 homes,"
he said.
Mr Gibson said that government is in
the process of completing infrastruc-
ture in the Sunset Subdivision next to
the police dormitories, where some 115
homes will be built.
"We are completing the subdivision
on Coral Road and Coral Estates
Phase 2 in that vicinity, and quite a
number of houses in Heritage, where
we have been given an offer to pur-
chase additional lots," he added.

In addition to building homes, the
Ministry of Housing had receivegd-a
number of requests for full service 10ts
in East End.
Mr Gibson said persons interested in
purchasing full service lots would build
at their owrnpace instead of having it
financed through the mortgage corpo-
"We are right now in the proce's of
trying to identify a suitable parcel of
Crown Land in the East for those
applicants," he said.
Up to $100,000 are provided for gov-
ernment-guaranteed loans,, and
$150,000 for non-government guaran-
teed loans.
Mr Gibson added that cash up to
$127,000 are disbursed for non-gqv-
ernment guaranteed loans.

Apprenticeship programme

is launched by Kerzner

KERZNER International Development,
along with private and public sector partners,
has launched its construction apprenticeship
The apprenticeship programmes, first
announced earlier in the year, will prepare and
qualify Bahamians to take advantage of employ-
ment and entrepreneurial opportunities being
created throughout the Bahamas by resort and
industrial developments.
During the launch, Minister of Education
Alfred Sears announced that six industry-driven
apprenticeship programmes in the construction
trades had been identified.
The programmes include carpentry, electrical
installation, masonry, plumbing, air condition-
ing and refrigeration and metal fasteners.
The Ministry of Education, Ministry of
Labour and Immigration, Bahamas Technical
and Vocational Institute (BTVI), Baha Mar
Development, and the Bahamas Contractors
Association are partners in the launch, which
took place at the Ministry of Education head
office on Thompson Boulevard.
Mr Sears said: "The programmes are to be
completed in a three-year cycle.iBTVI, Kerzner,
Baha Mar and the Bahamas Contractors Asso-

ciation have approved the core subjects and
extended curricula for each programme. The
core curriculum offers instruction in contextual
and numeric literacy and the extended curricu-
lum provides the trade-specific skills training.
"The apprenticeship programmes in the con-
struction trades will cost an estimated $1 million
per year or $3 million over the training cycle.
"The programmes will be funded through
the budget of the Ministry of Education and
counterpart funding of about $1 million per
year by Kerzner and Baha Mar."
Rick Bodge, senior vice-president of Kerzn-
er International development, said said that in
May Kerzner International had identified cer-
tain trades that had limited skills among con-
struction workers and from that sprung the
apprenticeship programmes.
Bodge said the programmes will provide "one
thousand hours of classroom training and the
potential of 24 months in-field on the job train-
ing by a group of.skilled trained instructors."
He added: "If we could develop in a matter of
two years a range of 150 to 200 tradesmen we
could fill a significant gap."
Kerzner International is investing close to $7
million in the programme.

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lic affairs and retail services looks on.

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Bahamian Spa Resort
and Offshore Island
has announced the pro-
motion of Andre
Pyfrom to operations
"Mr Pyfrom comes
well equipped to
assume his new role
after amassing 23 years
experience in the hospi-
tality industry including
nine at Sandals," said
the resort in a state-
Sandals general man-
ager Stephen Ziadie
described Pyfrom as:
person who will get
tfie job done. He has
faide significant contri-
butions to our organisa-
tion and we knew that
he was the perfect per-
son to serve in this new

In 1996, Mr Pyfrom
joined Sandals in its
construction stage in
the projects depart-
ment. In 1998 he was
promoted to junior
assistant manager with
special interest in the
food and beverage
in 2001 he was again
promoted to assistant
manager with added
responsibilities for the
front and heart of the
fPuse operations.
'.Mr Pyfrom's latest
,appointment comes
with wider responsibili-
,ties for the overall
.'operation of the resort.
Said Mr Pyfrom: "I
.am thrilled and I am
looking forward to con-
tinuing to give my com-
plete support and skills
to Sandals.
"The company is a
great organisation to be
employed with and
,being able to pass
:through the ranks has
,proven successful in my
Mr Pyfrom said he
'appreciates the skills he
has been able to accu-
mulate in the various
.areas at Sandals.
"I love the hospitality
industry and I am posi-
Itive about what the
future has in store for

i h Ministry of

Service with a smile Health to launch

for Sandals staff

TEAM members at Sandals Royal
Bahamian Spa Resort and Offshore
Island took part in a one-week extensive
training programme with international
presenter and trainer Mark Laws.
Mr Laws, of Mark Laws Training
Consulting Firm, conducted sessions on
quality customer service and profes-
sional sales techniques for over 300 team
members, equipping them with skills
necessary to provide efficient service.
Mr Laws is an international presenter
and trainer with over 22 years experi-
ence in the resort and hotel industry,
including being the youngest general
manager of the Crown Plaza/Marriott
Hotel at 25.

He has trained all levels of staff, in
all departments, including training for
operation managers and general man-
Arlene Johnson, of the sales depart-
ment, who attended the professional
sales techniques training, said Mr Laws'
sessions were simplified so that it could
be useful to everyone.
"He demonstrated how to close any
sale. He meant this in terms of, after a
guest's request is fulfilled and they are
satisfied, you can then proceed to anoth-
er task."
Mr Laws told team members it was
important to. listen carefully to what a
guest is saying. This, he noted, was the
key to satisfying them.
Concierge hostess Erica McIntosh said
she had an appreciation for the training
because it was informative and made

whether in a telephone conversation or
in person, you should always let the oth-
er person disengage first."

"Mr Laws said internal and external
customers should be treated with the
same respect. He explained, that,

Residents in Exuma are

banking :on branch*.

EXUMA residents can now
enjoy additional banking services
in the growing community of
Farmer's Hill, Exuma. st
The new Scotiabank branch site
was officially opened by the Cen-
tral Bank's governor Wendy
Governor Craigg applauded the ...
bank for its commitment to the
community and encouraged fur-
ther growth throughout the
The new branch is the second
Scotiabank branch located on the
island of Exuma. The branch is
located at the Emerald Bay Shop-
ping Complex and offers cus-
tomers full banking services.
Scotiabank is a leading ,com-
mercial bank in the Bahamas. It
has offered banking services to
the Exuma community for 37
Throughout the Bahamas, Sco-
tiabank provides services at.20
branches on six major islands.
Pictured left to right at the
opening ceremony in Farmer's
Hill Exuma are Scotiabank
Bahamas chairman Anthony
Allen, managing director Minna
Israel, senior vice president of
international banking Pat
Minicucci and Grace Campbell,
manager of the Emerald Bay

National Healthy

Lifestyle Initiative

PRIME Minister Perry
Christie will be the keynote
speaker at the launch of the
Ministry of Health's
National Healthy Lifestyle
The launch will take
place on October 20 when
the National Healthy
Lifestyle Initiative planning
workshop will be opened.
The Prime Minister is
also patron for the initia-
The ceremony will be
held at 10am in the ball-
room of SuperClub
Breezes, Cable Beach. Min-
ister of Health Dr Marcus
Bethel will also address
invited guests, including
Cabinet ministers, members
of the House of Assembly
and the Senate, executives
of public and private corpo-
rations, the religious com-
munity and representatives
from other stakeholder
According to the Ministry
of Health, recent health sta-
tistics indicate that far too
many persons in the
Bahamas are dying from
chronic, non-communicable
diseases such as diabetes,
hypertension, chronic respi-
ratory disease, heart disease
and cancer because too
many of them continue to
make poor lifestyle choices.
Because of the health
dilemma facing the
Bahamas the governor-gen-
eral and the prime minister
have thrown out a chal-
lenge to the Ministry of
Health to spearhead the
launch of a national lifestyle
As an integral part of the
initiative, the ministry will
be hosting the planning
workshop on October 19
and 20, in an effort to
iundertake- a multi-sectoral
approach to promoting
healthy lifestyles.
Strategies to target
schools, the community and
the workplace will be devel-
oped, the ministry said,
adding that changes in pub-
lic policy and legislation will
be advocated.



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no-one is allowed in that room
right now."
Glenn, 19, was manager of
his father's restaurant and bar
'Flossie Ruth', on Joe Farring-
ton Road. He is a graduate of R
M Bailey Senior High School
and was a member of the school
band. He was described as
being helpful to both his moth-
er and father.
Terran, remembering his
brother's motivating spirit, said
he would encourage older males
by "telling them the sky is the
limit. If you can't reach the sky,
you would definitely drop on
the tree tops. He would also say,
God bless the child that has its
own. He always had a smile on
his face."
Terran told The Tribune that
when the family viewed the

body, a police officer said four
men were being held for ques-
tioning and another suspect was
being sought.
Terran said he would want to
see justice carried out.
"The government have to
start to deal with these crimi-
nals and give them some harsh
punishment, because they are
getting away with plenty. My
young brother didn't deserve to
"The youths right now are
not how they are supposed to
be. This young generation is
unruly right now. Everyone just
has a gun or knife and are tak-
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feel that they can get away with
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He said those who commit
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FROM page one
He explained that the pipes
are adequately maintained and
that the school had experienced
this particular problem for the
first time.
The superintendent said the

leak was probably caused by the
separation of underground
water pipes.
"The system is relatively new
- the school is only six years old
- but water pressure can some-
times cause pipes to separate,"
he added.

Gasoline prices are

to go up tomorrow

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imperative that the country
create a National Energy
Corporation and go ahead
with PetroCaribe, which
would eliminate the middle
man, causing a decrease in
fuel prices.
He claimed that under the
PetroCaribe initiative, the
country could see savings of
between 50 and 80 cents a
gallon, or between $42.5 mil-
lion or $70 million.

Despite his confidence in
the initiative, Mr Miller said
he could not speak to why
the government had not
signed on to the deal.
He added that last week,
the cabinet of Barbados
decided that the only enti-
ty to provide fuel to that
island would be the Ener-
gy Corporation of Barba-
dos particularly in
terms of the supply to that
country's electrical corpo-

Union threat to casinos

FROM page one
employees stationed in New
Providence, Grand Bahama
and Exuma.
However, Mr Pinder said that
Gaming Board employees
wanted the government to grant
them a similar contract to the
one agreed for ZNS employees,
who will get a $3,500 lump sum
payment over a three-year peri-
Mr Pinder claimed that this
was not a lot of money consid-
ering that the Ruffin Group and
the Isle of Capri allegedly owed

government millions of dollars
in back taxes.
He claimed that if the gov-
ernment collected the owed
money, it would be easy for'
them to pay employees their
increases without having to dip
into the public treasury.
Yesterday, Mr Pinder said
that he has had no feedback
since last week's protest. "I ;
was supposed to hear from
them today (Monday) but I
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the weekend with a gatherig of
celebrities from the musical,
entertainment and culinary
Festivities kicked off on Fri-
day night with a tribute concert
to Patti Labelle, saluting her 45
years in the music industry and
her cotribution to R&B.
The line up for the concert
included Boyz II Men singing
"If You Asked Me To", Nelly
and Kelly Rowland performing-
Dilemma", Mario performing
"Let Me Love You", Gerald
Levert with Patti Labelle per-
forming "'ere and Now" (hon-
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Michael McDonald with Patti
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and Ashanti performing "New
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time on UTPN on November 8.
"Ellen D'egeneres" DJ Tony
Okungbdwa hosted an after
party for more than 400 guests
and entertainers including Jim-
my Fallon, Star Jones, Justin
Chambers and Ivana Trump.


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of chefs, headed by the culinary
legend Jean-Georges Von-
gerichten, prepared a gourmet
feast in three of the resort's new
restaurants for that evening's
birthday dinner for Kerzner and
400 of his guests.Chef Von-
gerichten and his culinary team
prepared an unforgettable meal
of rice cracker-crusted tuna and
grilled beef tenderloin with
onion jam and sour plum mus-
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Acclaimed chef Charlie Trot-
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rooms, confit of tiny turnips and
a sage-infused veal reduction.
Taking the helm at Bimini
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served diners with chilled.
shrimp and conch ceviche and
roasted quail with cornbread
and fois-grgs stuffing topped
with an an.ho-pomegranate
Following the dinner, a tribute'
celebrated the life of Sol Kerzn-
er. Performances included:
Lionel Richie singing "Dancing',
on the Ceiling," "All Night
Long" and "Brick House", Pat-,
ti LaBelle and the Labelles per-,



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* IVANA Trump and Patti LaBelle

* SHEILA E, Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson

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again, spinning into the very ear-
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On Sunday morning, guests
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Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street

Tribune Business Editor
A Wall Street
brokerage firm
raised its 2005
third quarter
operating income estimates for
Kerzner International's Par-
adise Island properties by $1.1
million or $0.03 in earnings per
share (EPS), as it upgraded the
company's stock to 'Outper-
form' from 'Peer Perform' and
gave it a $65 year-end target.
Joseph Greff, an analyst with
investment bank Bear Stearns,
said "demand trends" for the
Atlantis and One&Only Ocean
Club resorts were "strong and
likely better than our prior 2005
second half estimates".
Apart from raising the third
quarter operating estimates for
Kerzner International's Par-
.adise Island properties, Mr
Greff also increased his esti-
mates of their 2006 full-year

Investment bank raises firm's share
price target and rating to 'Outpcrform',
with Marina Village boosting non-room
revenues and new Harborside phase
set for design

operating income by $3 million
or $0.08 per share. "'We are
tweaking the seasonally less
important 2005 fourth quarter
for timeshare/residential prof-
its," the Bear Stearns analyst
"Despite fears of a consumer
slowdown........... we think [Par-
adise Island] is benefiting from
more direct airlift into the
Bahamas (more low' cost carri-
ers, too) as well as realising bet-
ter non-room revenues due to a
significantly improved variety
of restaurant offerings as part
of the:recently opened Marina

The 75,000 Square foot Mari-
na Village, featuring five new
restaurants and several new
retail outlets, was finished two
months ahead of schedule and
on budget.
Somewhat paradoxically, Mr
Greff said the Bear Stearns
upgrade was provoked by the
recent fall in Kerzner Interna-
tional's share price, which had
made the stock a more attrac-
tive investment given the pro-

SEE page 4B

Act change set to

boost fractional


Tribune Business Editor
PROPOSED amendments to
the Timeshare Act will write
into legislation procedures for
permitting fractional ownership
investment projects in the
Bahamas, rather than leaving
them to the Government's dis-
W.cretion, the minister of finan-
cial services and investments
said yesterday.
Allyson Maynard-Gibson
said "one of the reasons"
behind the proposed amend-
ments to the Act was to enable
fractional ownership resorts to
.be "specifically written into the
Act as legislation", rather than
allowing them to be left to dis-
cretion as to whether,"to allow
this kind of development".
Mrs Maynard-Gibson said
fractional ownership develop-
mnents, which are different from
traditional timeshare and see-

SEE page 3B

Consolidated issue 'the

first step' in deepening

investors' market access

Tribune Business Editor
THE exchange control
exemptions provided for in
Consolidated Water's $11.2 mil-
lion Bahamian Depository
Receipt (BDR) offering are
"just the first step" in widening
this nation's capital markets,
BISX's chief executive told The
Tribune yesterday, with the
next phase involving "broaden-
ing the access of non-residents
to all securities".
Keith Davies said that in rela-
tion to the Consolidated Water
issue, it was a case of "from
here we go", with the exchange
control exemptions the first
indication that the Government
was making good on fulfilling
its commitments outlined in the
public policy statement on cap-
ital market development.
The Bahamas International
Securities Exchange's chief
executive said: "This BDR is
just the first step. The next step
is to broaden the access of non-
residents to all securities. It is a
shift in the operation of our cap-
ital markets' We're now going
to widen the pool the different
types of investors that can
access the market."
For the first time in the

Bahamian capital markets'
short history, the Central Bank
of the Bahamas granted
exchange control exemptions
for the Consolidated Water
offering, allowing temporary
residents (work permit holders),
permanent residents with a
restricted right to work, and
companies designated as 'resi-
dent' for exchange control pur-
poses but with some form of
foreign ownership, to buy into
the BDR issue.
These exemptions mirror
some of those made in the pub-
lic sector capital markets policy
development statement, which
committed the Government to a
gradual liberalisation of
exchange controls as a prereq-
uisite for broadening and deep-
ening the Bahamian capital
Adding that he had long
advocated that such a step
should take place, Mr Davies
said yesterday: "This is the nat-
ural progression that had to
take place for the development
of our capital markets. There
was no question that this had
to happen."
The Government, private sec-

SEE page 2B

Miller hits back at theChamber

* Tribune Staff Reporter
SQME 60 per cent of the 87 recom-
mendations made by the Bahamas Cham-
ber of Comimerce for improving the draft
Consumer'Protection Bill were not used
because they were "redundant and unnec-
essary', Leslie Miller, minister of trade
and industry, said yesterday.
In an attack on the Chamber's state-
ment that it was "baffled" that the Gov-
ernment ignored 87 recommendations it
had made for improving the-Bill, Mr
Miller described as "misinformation" the
Chamber's "overriding" concern with the,
legislation that it granted too much pow-
er' to the minister responsible while
attempting to circumvent the court

The minister, though, added that there
was "no contemplation-in the provisions of
the proposed legislation to circumvent the
powers of the courts,
Mr Miller refuted the Chamber's state-
ments, calling them, "obvious inaccura-
cies being fed to the public as factual cir-
He claimed that the proposed Con-
sumer Protection Bill had not been sub-
mitted to Parliament on October 5 for
debate, adding: "I assure you that no such
act took place by myself, Leslie O0 Miller,
as minister with responsibility for con-
sumer affairs, or by any 'of my colleagues
on the government side of Parliament.",
He added that a further review of the

Draft Bill, including the Chamber's rec-
ommendations, had been done in recent
weeks by a working committee involving
civil servants from all relevant agencies
and ministries. The committee was now.
compiling a report that would be sent to
the Attorney General's Office and then on
to Cabinets
In addition, Mr Miller disputed the
Chamber's statement that it had not had
feedback from the Ministry. He said:
"Unless this Chamber is staffed by 'short
memories', myself along with senior mem-
bers of my ministry met with senior exec-
utives of the Chamber of Commerce in
the conference room of the Ministry,
where we went through the full content of

SEE page 3B

A NASDAQ Company (symbol: CWCO)


Is Offering
3,250,000 Bahamian Depositary Receipts (BDRs) representing
650,000 ordinary shares of Consolidated Water Company Limited.
Offering available from Monday October 17th until 5:00 p.m.
Friday November 4t, 2005.

Features of the 3 week Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. Offering:
*. Company has paid dividends every year for last 20 years
It has a "Take or Pay" Government guaranteed contract in
The Bahamas
a It operates in 5 countries including The Bahamas
Bahamian holders will enjoy the same ownership benefits as
CWCO international ordinary shareholders
Th4iBDRs will be denominated in Bahamian Dollars
They will be listed and will trade on BISX and the ordinary
shbees will trade on NASDAQ offering better liquidity to
sell and buy shares
The minimum investment is $1,000
Offering is open to:
o Bahamian citizens
o Permanent residents without~restriction on
o Temporary residents
o Companies or the investment vehicles owned by
o Special purpose resident Bahamian companies with
non-Bahamian ownership

The Offering Memorandum will be available on Monday October
17th 2005 from all branches in Nassau and Freeport of Fidelity
Bank and Fidelity Merchant Bank & Trust and as a download at

Read the Offering Memorandum carefully before you invest.

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Tel: 242.356.7764.


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Every morning,
the lead story on
the radio seems
to be that of
another homi-
cide, which in most cases
involves the death of another
young person in our country.
The citizens of the Bahamas
continue to be fed a daily diet
of stabbings, shooting, rapes
and robberies.

While it can be argued that
the causes of such crimes are
complex, and require an under-
standing of psychology, crimi-
nology, religion or the other
social sciences to devise strate-
gies to combat it, we believe
there may be some link to the
lack of economic opportunity.
This is often correlated to low
levels of educational achieve-

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Many. Bahamians are afraid
for their own personal security,
and the level of security-related
spending will continue to take a
growing percentage of one's
disposable income. In recent
years, there has been a prolif-
eration of 'gated communities'
all over New Providence and
the erection of fortress-like
walls and fences around pri-
vate homes.

While gated communities
may provide some reprieve
against crime, they are also
changing the social aspect of
how one interacts with family,
neighbours and friends. How-
ever, in the overall scheme of
things this might be a small
price to pay for a heightened
sense of security.
The absolute levels of crime
and, perhaps even more impor-
tantly, the perception of crime
in our society can influence the
level of foreign investment in
our economy. The reality is
that our economy is an open,
service-based economy, which
is largely dependent on foreign
investment. Investor risk
assessments of our business
environment and the safety of
key personnel on the ground
invariably influences their will-
ingness to invest here. Simply
put: If investors feel unsafe
working and doing business in
the Bahamas, they will seek
opportunities elsewhere.
Crime and the economy
In an article that I previous-
ly co-authored, it was noted:
"We have an economy that
produces approximately $5 bil-
lion worth of goods and ser-
vices every year (Gross
Domestic Product or GDP).
About 70 per cent of our econ-
omy or $3.5 billion can be
directly attributable to tourism
and banking. One can question
what then happens when the
drivers of these two sectors
become discouraged and
decide to use other sandy
beaches (in the cases of
tourism) or other financial cen-,
tres (in the case of private
And: "A perception of high
levels of criminality and law-
lessness will not encourage
meaningful levels of inward
"ffiVesti ent by BahamtaiafisWo
international investors. Our
economy, because of its service
orientation, is a lot more fragile
than we like to admit. Crime
is a major threat to our citizens
and our most vital economic
sectors. We should not wait
until it is too late to get a han-
dle on crime, otherwise crime
may get the better of us."
William Niskanen, of the
Cato Institute, in a paper enti-
tled Crime, Police and Root
Causes had this to say about
the relationship about crime
and the economy.

"...Economic growth
reduces many problems. An
increase in real per capita
income appears to reduce both
the violent and property crime
rates by a roughly proportion-
ate amount.
"The economic conditions of
specific groups are also impor-
tant. An increase in the male
unemployment rate has a
strong positive effect on the
violent crime rate, and an
increase in the poverty rate has
a strong positive effect on the
property crime rate,
"For reasons that are less
clear, an increase in the gener-
al employment rate appears to
increase the property crime
rate, The implication of those
findings is that an economic
growth.strategy may more
effectively reduce crime than
a public safety strategy, espe-
cially if it leads to higher
employment and income for
teenage males, minorities and
the poor."
The message is clear; If we
can keep the economy grow-
ing at a healthy pace and create
new jobs, it will certainly help
in the fight against crime. This
is precisely why it is essential
that the Government creates
and maintains an environment
that encourages and promotes
the development of economic
enterprise? stemminIg from
both local and international
Other Measures
Certainly, we must send out
a very clear message that we
have the commitment and
resolve to address our crime
situation. While crime should
be reported accurately (call a
spade a spade), the press must
avoid the temptation to over-
sensationalise crime.
Secondly, we must recognise
that all stakeholders must play
a key role in fighting crime,

The Government has aif
obligation to ensure the police
have adequate resources to
mount an effective and credible,
battle against crime. Also, if
you accept our earlier premise,
that there is a link between.
crime and economic opportu-'
nity, the Government must,
have a comprehensive plan for'
job and skills training, espe-
cially for the youth of our coun-
try, some of whom have no real
marketable skills.
Social and religious organi-'
sations can, and must, play a'
significant role in fighting this'
epidemic. There are some very
notable success stories coming
from this sector, and we
applaud their efforts. However,,
it seems a pity that more organ-
isations do not coordinate their
efforts to produce a more effec-;
tive national result,
Finally, the community at
large has an obligation to'
report criminality in all forms'
as it exists in our community,
Too often, we take the easy.
route of turning a 'blind-eye'
to crime if it is not affecting us,
Until next week...

NB: Larry R. Gibson, a
Chartered Financial Analyst,
is vice-president pensions,
Colonial Pensions Services
(Bahamas), a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Colonial Group-
International, which owns
Atlantic Medical Insurance and
is a major shareholder of Secuw
rity & General Insurance Cornm
pany in the Bahamas.
The views expressed are
those of the author and do not
necessarily represent those of
Colonial Group International
or any of its subsidiary and/or
affiliated companies. Please
direct any questions or com-
ments to rlibson@atlantle-

FROM page 1B

tor and BISX were all working
together to enhance the
Bahamian capital markets, and
all could "now see there is a
clear way to move forward" and
achieve this objective That "will
benefit all Bahamians".
"It is a benefit for the
Bahamas," Mr Davies said.
The BISX chief executive
described the Consolidated

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2.4403 2.0311 Fidelity Bahaorlts i & I Furnd 2.4403 ***
10.0103 10.0000 Fidelity Pritile Ineortte Fund 10.8103"**"*
2.2560 2.1491 Colltna MSI Parfetred Funrd 2.268090"
1.1347 1.0631 Calihia Iahd Fund 1.134722** .
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Water BDR as "a much needed
boost for the [capital markets]
industry", given that 2005 to
date had seen relatively little
activity in terms of capital rais-
ing and new BISX listings.
Mr Davies also pointed out
that BISX was "broadening the
different markets we're attract-
ing companies from", given that
Consolidated Water was listed
on the US-based Nasdaq, while
the first BDR issuer, Kerzner
International, was on the New
York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
On ConsolidAted Wdter, he
added: "I am looking forward to

their successful submission of
all the required documents, and
hopefully when they've done
that and met all the require-
ments, we will have our second
BDR listing. That's a wonderful
step forward and I'm looking
for more to come."
Mr Davies said BISX wasg
Cooking for "equally important
developments" with other'
prospective securities issuers
and listers to come forwardS
adding: "Hopefully, we'll see'
additional securities coming to
*'market and providing the divef'
sity we need."


Counsel & Attorneys-At-Law

Our office will be


on Friday, 21st October, 2005
for the Firm's Annual Fun Day.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Management and staff of

Scotiabank (Bahamas) Limited are

pleased to announce the opening of

its Emerald Bay Branch in

Farmer's Hill, Exuma. Customers

are invited to conduct regular

banking transactions during

Mondays through Fridays.

We welcome the opportunity to

serve you.


Y]ilFIl i




Family Guardian

wins top award

FAMILY Guardian, the
BISX-listed life and health
insurer, yesterday announced
it was the only Bahamian com-
pany to this year win the Life
Office Management Associa-
tion (LOMA) Educational
Achievement Award.
The award recognised only
15 companies, out of 93 in the
Latin America/Caribbean
region, that use LOMA's learn-
ing and training programmes,
based on the total number of
enrolments for the previous
Anne Higgs, Family
Guardian's human resources
vice-president, who accepted

the award on the company's
behalf, said: "This award is an
outstanding accomplishment
for Family Guardian and for
the large number of staff mem-
bers who participate in the
company's educational initia-
"We recognise that profes-
sional development and con-
tinued training are essential
ingredients in our customer ser-
vice delivery, and we actively
promote and support employee
involvement in industry edu-
LOMA is based in Atlanta,
Georgia. It is an international
association through which

* ANNE Higgs, Family Guardian's human resources vice-
president, accepts the Educational Achievement Award from.
Shannon Wortman, LOMA's registrar, on the company's behalf.

more than 1200 insurance and
financial services companies
from more than 80 companies

use research and educational
activities to improve their oper-

Act change set to boost fractional ownership

FROM page 1B

ond home developments, held "huge
sibilities" for the Bahamian real estate
tourism industries.
She pointed to the success of Aba
second home industry, which had seen
ers return to the Bahamas time and a
for vacations, as enabling visitors to d
op "a serious long-term connection" t
Bahamas that "boosts tourism incredi
Mrs Maynard-Gibson added that t
share and fractional ownership invest
also held opportunities for Bahamian
tors, as although these products hac
traditionally been regarded as fee sir
this was the way the market was going
a result, Bahamian realtors needed to
their staff about the "significance" of
projects, and the economic benefits
Mrs Maynard-Gibson said that alth
no Heads of Agreement had been si
between the Government and the d
opers, a $120 million private residence
investment on Great Exuma had 1
approved and work, according to her i
mation, was moving ahead.
The developers of the 80/50 Great
ma, a planned beachfront private resid
club located adjacent to the Four Sea
Emerald Bay Resort, said on their wel
"A $120 million private residence clul
already begun sales in Great Exuma
Bahamas, with 50 per cent of Phase I

Miller hits

back at the


FROM page 1B

the various points of view pre-
sented by the chamber."
At the meeting, Mr Miller
claimed he pointed out a num-
ber of their recommendations
which he felt warranted consid-
He told the Chamber repre-
sentatives present that their rec-
ommendations and concerns
would be forwarded to the
Attorney General's office for
assessment, and whatever was
deemed relevant in amending
the Bill and helped to protect
consumers, would be incorpo-
Present at the meeting, Mr
Miller said; were the Chamber's
executive director, Philip
Simon, and Rick Lowe.
According to Mr Miller, the
Chamber's view was that there
was no need for a Consumer
Protection Act. The Tribune
understands that during the
meeting, he told Chamber
members that unless their rec-
ommendations were to the ben-
efit of consumers, they would
not be included.
He claimed that of the 87 rec-
ommendations that were sub-
mitted, 60 per cent of them
were redundant, overlapping or
without objective.
He said the Chamber was
well aware that the Govern-
ment had an obligation to pro-
tect its citizens, who include the
Chamber of Commerce, but
also consumers.
Mr Miller added that a Bill
which would protect consumers
may not gel well with business-
es who provide the services.
He maintained that the Gov-
ernment would incorporate any
recommendation that was ben-
eficial to theBill, but stressed
that it will not dilute the bill
with anything unnecessary.
Mr Miller indicated the
Bahamas' draft Consumer Pro-
teetion Bill was largely based
on similar legislation in Jamaica,
arid was being introduced to
ensure this nation kept pace
with global developments, such
as the United Nations Guide-
lines for Consumer Protection.

e and
o the
d not
g. As
b has
,. the

reserved prior to breaking ground."
Construction was slated to have begun
in February this year, with the first occu-
pancies expected to come in January 2006.
The development is designed as a mem-
ber-owned private.residence club, offering
deeded ownership known as fractional
ownership and use of a luxury private vil-
la that provides clients with the benefits of
a resort home without having to maintain it.
Ownership is shared between different
clients, with 12 shares offered in each villa,
and clients able to purchase more than one
share. Owners have equal access to all villas
in their membership class, meaning that
the owner of shares in a three-bedroom
property will have access to all three-bed
80/50 Great Exuma is not a timeshare
project, instead being designed as aprivate
club with only owners able to use and have
access to their villas, subject to reservation
policies and procedures. Located next to
Grand Isle Villas, another successful invest-
ment project, the 80/50 Great Exuma is a
development that intends to 'piggyback' on
the Four Seasons Emerald Bay's position as
the 'anchor property' for Great Exuma.
Mrs Maynard-Gibson yesterday said that
apart from the Four Seasons, the Winding
Bay resort in South Abaco was the best
example of the Government's strategy of
having an anchor property on each Bahami-

an island in action.
In addition, the development on Chub
Cay was serving as the 'anchor' for the
Berry Islands and, currently, Andros, with
400 full-time construction and on-site per-
sonnel currently employed.
On Eleuthera, the south of the island was
expected to be revitalised by the proposed
SeaShells at Cotton Bay investment, plus
another project already approved at Cape
Mrs Maynard-Gibson said the Govern-
ment was looking to the investment pro-
ject announced more than a year ago for the
former Club Med site to act as the anchor
property for central Eleuthera. Although
progress to date has been slow, Mrs May-
nard-Gibson said: "That will be the first in
bricks and mortar terms, so to speak."
Meanwhile, the $240 million resort devel-
opment proposed for Crab Cay in the Exu-
mas is still trying get back on track, with the
investors led by North Carolina hog farm-
ing brother, Peter and Marc Murphy, trying
to resolve internal issues and delays, accord-
ing to Mrs Maynard-Gibson.
"We're hoping that when they overcome
their issues, they will move swiftly after
that," she added. "We're hoping it will get
back on track so it will proceed."
To date, the developers have built a
reception area on Crab Cay to host prospec-
tive lot buyers, in addition to having com-
pleted mapping and surveying of the site,
plus clearance, dredging and infrastructure

GN 281



The Project Execution Unit, under the auspices of the
Department of Environmental Health Services (DEHS)
and The Ministry of Health, now invites local firms and
joint ventures to participate in the bidding process by
presenting seale bids for construction of a transfer station
in George Town, Exuma. The procedures for the
contracting for the provision of service, financed by this
program, will be suject to the provisions of the Ministry
of finance.

Interested parties may obtain further information,
including eligibility to participate, and may collect a
copy the bidding document from the office of the:

Project Execution Unit
Farrington Road
P.O.Box SS-19048
Nassau, The Bahamas

Interested Tenders may purchase a complete set of tender
documents by submitting a written application to the
Department of Environmental Health Services and upon
payment of a non-refundable fee of one hundred
($100.00) dollars. The method of payment will be
certified cheque or cash. The documents would be ready
for reviews as of Monday, October 17th, 2005.

Tenders are to be submitted in sealed envelope(s) marked
"Tenders for Construction of Transfer Station in George
Town, Exuma", and sent to:

The Tenders Board
co The Financial Secretary
Ministry of Finance
P.O.Box N-3017
Nassau, The Bahamas

All tenders must reach the Tender's Board no later than
4:00p.m. on Monday, November 14th 2005. All tenders
must be submitted in triplicate. Tenders will be opened
at 10:00a.m., on Tuesday, November 15th, 2005, at the
office of the Tenders Board, Ministry of Finance. The
Government reserves the right to reject any or all Tenders.



The Government of the Bahamas has received a loan
from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
towards the cost of the Bahamas Solid Waste
Management Programme, and it intends to apply part
of the loan proceeds to the construction of:

1. a Transfer Station in South Abaco;
2. a Transfer Station in North Abaco;
3. a Landfill in Millerton, Long Island; and
4. a Landfill in Central Andros

The Project Execution Unit, under the auspices of the
Department of Environmental Health Service (DEHS)
and The Ministry of Health, now invites local firms and
joint ventures to participate in the bidding process by
presenting sealed bids for construction of the captioned
landfills and transfer stations, at the mentioned family
islands. The procedures for the contracting for the
provision of service, financed by this program, will be
subject to the provisions of this loan Contract.

Interested parties may obtain further information,
including eligibility to participate, and may collect a
copy the bidding document from the office of the:

Project Execution Unit
Farrington Road
P.O.Box SS-19048
Nassau, The Bahamas

Interested Tenders may purchase a complete set of tender
documents by submitting a written application to the
Department of Environmental Health Services and upon
payment of a non-refundable fee of one hundred
($100.00) dollars. The method of payment will be
certified cheque or cash. The documents would be ready
for review as of Monday, October 17, 2005.

Tenders are to be submitted in sealed envelope(s) marked

"Tenders for the Construction of a Transfer
Station in South Abaco",
"Tenders for the Construction of a Transfer
Station in North Abaco",
"Tenders for the Construction of a Landfill in
Millerton, Long Island", or
"Tender for the Construction of a Landfill in
Central Andros"

and sent to:

The Tenders Board

c/o The Financial Secretary
Ministry of Finance
P.O.Box N-3017
Nassau, The Bahamas

All tenders must reach the Tender's Board no later than
4:00p.m. on Monday, November 14th 2005. All tenders
must be submitted in triplcate. Tenders will be opened
at 10:00a.m., on Tuesday, November 15th, 2005, at the
office of the Tenders Board, Ministry of Finance. The
Government reserves the right to reject any or all Tenders

The American Embassy
is presently considering applications for the following position

This position reports directly to the Supervisory General Services Officer and is
responsible for managing, coordinating, planning and scheduling all maintenance
repairs for the Chancery, residences, and government owned buildings. The
incumbent is directly responsible for the supervision of a multi-trade technical
work force perfohning preventive maintenance and repair tasks including: Electrical
Power Distribution System, Emergency Power Generation System, HVAC System,
Water Distribution System, Fire Alarm System, and Associated Equipment.
Prepares engineering plans, designs, drawings, specifications, bills of materials
and cost estimates for construction, alterations, and maintenance and repair projects
of Embassy and/or associated agency buildings, facilities and equipment, as
directed. Analyzes scope of work for technical accuracy, provide technical advice
concerning the purchase of any machinery and equipment required by post assuring
quality purchases, while reducing the cost of maintenance programs. Use construction
and engineering knowledge to monitor and inspect conditions of government
owned or leased buildings and contract work in progress.
Prepares performance evaluation reports and recommends training and disciplinary
actions, as needed, for the FSN employees force within the facilities maintenance
This position is open to candidates with the following requirements:
* Engineering Technician or Building Engineer with relevant certification is
* Five years of progressively increased responsibility as a maintenance manager
or engineer is required.
* Excellent command of the English Language, both written and oral.
* Excellent managerial, supervisory, and training skills
* Highly confidential in nature
* General knowledge of building maintenance operations and terminology
* Must be able to prepare engineering drawings using CAD software and ability
to draft construction plans and specifications
* Must have a solid background in Electrical, Mechanical, or Structural Engineering
or Technical knowledge in other engineering field is essential, i.e. interfacing
with mechanical and plumbing, HVAC system
* Ability to prioritize tasks
The successful candidate will be offered an excellent compensation package
including outstanding benefits such as performance-based incentives, medical and
dental insurances, life insurance, pension and opportunities for training and
Applicants must be Bahamian citizens or U.S. citizens who are.eligible for
employment under Bahamian laws and regulations.
Application forms are available from 8:00am to 5:30pm, Monday through
Friday at the security area of the American Embassy, Queen Street, completed
applications should be returned to the Embassy: Attention of the Human
Resources Office no later than Friday, October 21, 2005.

I UtbUAY, UU I UDrl I0, ZUUO, rI- Ue oD

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WALLINGTON late of Apartment No. 54,
Lacovia, West Bay Road on the Island of
Grand Cayman, in the Cayman Islands,
British West Indies.


NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof, application
will be made to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, on its Probate Side by BERYL
ANDREA WILLIAMS of No. 8 Benson Road in
Dannottage Estates, Eastern District, New
Providene, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and SIDNEY
Lane,, Winton Estates, Eastern District, New
Providence, The Bahamas is the Authorized
Attorneys in The Bahamas, for the Resealed
Grant of Probate in the above estate granted to
MICHAEL L. ALBERGA, the Executor, by the
Clerk of the Courts in the Grand Court of Caymans
Islands, on the 19th day of April, 2005

.. Signed
;Desiree FRobinson
(for) Registrar



JAMES DELEVEAUX of 13 Jack Fish Drive,
Golden Gates No. 2, New Providence, The
Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for letters of administration
of the real and personal estate of WILFRED
DELEVEAUX late of, Major's Cay, Crooked Island,
The Bahamas,


Notice is hereby given that such applications will
be heard by the said Court at the expiration of
21 days from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



late of the City of Terra Cotta, Ontario Canada,


NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof, application
will be made to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, on its Probate side by LYNN P.
HOLOWESKO of East Lyford Lane, in the Western
District on the Island of New Providence, The
Bahamas, Attorneys-at-law, is the Authorized
Attorney in The Bahamas, for the Resealed
Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee with
a Will in the above estate granted to CIBC TRUST
CORPORATION, the executor by the Ontario
Superior Court of Justice at Brampton, on the
6th day of April, 2005.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



Whereas ALICE MILLER of Salt Pond, Long
Island, The Bahamas, has made application to
the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters
of administration with the will annexed of the real
and personal estate of RUBYANN MILLER late
of, Winton Meadows, New Providence The


Notice is hereby given that such applications will
be heard by the said Court at the expiration of
14 days from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



Whereas PAUL HARDING of Bellot Road, New
Providence, The Bahamas, has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters
of administration of the real and personal estate
Bellot Road, New Providence, The Bahamas,


Notice is hereby given that such applications will
be heard by the said Court at the expiration of
14 days from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



Whereas ANNAMAE FORBES of Elizabeth
Estates, Eastern District, New Providence one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, the mother, has made application to
the Supreme Co'urt of The Bahamas, for letters
of administration of the real and personal estate
of SHANTEL THOMPSON late of, Elizabeth
Estates, Eastern District, New Providence, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The


Notice is hereby given that such applications will
be heard by the said Court at the expiration of
14 days from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



a.k.a. CHARLES KICK late of 1973 S.E.
Rainer Road, Port St. Lucie, Florida, 34952,


NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof, application
will be made to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, on its Probate Side by ANDREW
DWAYNE FORBES of Eastern District, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the

Commonwealth of The Bahamas, is the
Authorized Attorneys in The Bahamas, for the
Resealed Grant of Letters of Administration in
the above estate granted to CHESTER B.
GRIFFIN, the Personal Representative by the
Circuit Court of St. Lucie County Florida, U.S.A.,
on the 23rd day of July, 2003.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

FROM page 1B

jected boost to the company's
earnings from the Paradise
Island Phase III expansion and
planned investment projects foi
Dubai and Morocco.
The analyst explained: "We
find the stock's recent pullback
and less-than-inspiring year-to-
date performance attractive and
a much better risk reward in
front of 15-20 per cent EPS
growth through 2010. We note
the stock is off 18 per cent from
its 52-week high and 9 per cent
since it reported solid second
quarter 2005 results in early
"We have long been fans of
the growth profile of Kerzner
International. Our issue has
been valuation and what price
point represents a good risk-
reward to be building positions
in front of a 20 per cent EPS
compounded annual growth
rate. We think current levels
represent very attractive entry
Meanwhile, Mr Greff said
Kerzner International was
expected to begin designing its
third phase expansion of the
Harborside timeshare project,
a'50/50 joint venture with Star-
wood, by 2005 year-end. Some
27 per cent of the recently com-
pleted second phase, featuring
1116 two and three-bedroom
units, is now sold, and net time-
share sales for Harborside gen-
erated $22.5 million during the
2005 second quarter. The aver-
age sales price 'per key' had
risen by 40 per cent compared
to the Harborside first phase.
Some 34 out of the 44 avail-
able units at the Ocean Club
Estates joint venture project,
the Ocean Club Residences and
Marina, have been sold. The
project will eventually amount
to an 88-unit, $130 million
development financed by pre-
And the proposed $250 mil-

NOTICE is hereby given that APRIL JOYE ALFRED OF
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The*
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 18TH day of OCTOBER, 2005 to the Minister'
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, RO.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas. -." :

NOTICE is hereby given that ANDY ALFRED OF REGENCY
PARK, P.O. BOXCB-12791, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days'from the 18TH day of
OCTOBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas,

NOTICE is hereby given that JOHN CEREUS PIERRE, #27
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 11TH day of.
OCTOBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and,
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

PARK, P.O. BOX CB-12791, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization'
should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 18TH day of,
OCTOBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and:
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.-

(No. 45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation


Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 138 (8) of the,
International Business Companies Act, No.45 of 2000, the
Dissolution of PAGLIO LIMITED has been completed, at
Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has,
therefore been struck off the Register. The date of completion oft
the dissolution was September, 2005.



Slion 500-unit condo hotel, a joint
venture between Kerzner Inter-
national and Turnberry Asso
Sciates, has already pre-sold
some 20 per cent of the avail-
able residences, generating $90:
million in sales. Construction is
expected to begin "in a few
I months" and be completed by
I Bear Steams added that the
increase Kerzner Interna-
Stional's Phase III budget from
S$650 million to $730 million was
I "substantially immaterial".
The investment bank added
that Kerzner International had
Secured an effective gaming tax-
rate of around 5 per cent, lowers
Than rivals in Nevada and New
Jersey, through its commitments
to the Government. It had ful-
Sfilled many of those already by:
beginning construction at the
SOne&Only Ocean Club in-
August 2003, and Marina Vil-
lage and Harborside by Juni[
2004. ^
However, if it does not pro-.
ceed with the condo-hotel andi
golf course on Athol Island
Bear Steams said the casino tak
concessions and joint market
ing contribution from the Goi
ernent will be reduced fromii
2009 onwards, by about $3-$i
million annually.
Meanwhile, Mr Greff adde4
that Kerzner International'rsi
refinancing of a corporate det
issue had reduced its interest
expense by $8.5 million or $0.23
per share per year. Further refi-
nancing, it added, could save,
$0.13 per share per year.
"Based on a sum of the parts
valuation analysis, wherein we
think current operations are
worth $55 per share, we think
investors are getting Paradise
Island Phase III expansion,
equity contribution from Lin-
coin park, Dubai and Morocco
projects for free," Mr Greff






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THE Church Games are
making waves as hundreds
gather to watch and support
their denominations.
With the Baptists clinch-
ing both the men's and wom-
en's softball titles, the atten-
tion now turns to basketball,
volleyball, soccer and track
and field, all of which will be
held this week.
Cycling also concluded its
six divisional competitions
over the weekend.
Claiming top prize in the
open men's division was Bry-
on Musgrove, riding for the
Baptist church, Seventh Day
Adventist Wayne Price com-

Heated action

over the weekend

ing in second with Comfort
House Ministries' Robert
Bethel coming in third.
Church of God of Prophe-
cy powered their way
through the tape for their
first win of the games in the
under 15 girls ride. Winning
the gold for the church was
Carrearan Sweeting. Second
and third place finishings
went to Royonique Cole-
brooke and Ivanique Kemp,

both of the Baptist Church.
Teams were given a day
off to regroup, after the heat-
ed action on Saturday.
The track and field meet
was designed for the younger
talent in the church to shine,
with competition and races
going down to the wire.
The 100m and relays, the
most favoured event on the
track was dominated by the
Baptists, winning two of four.

Starting things off for the
Baptists in the under 15 boys
was Travis Kemp, taking the
century in a time of 11.50
Seconds, teammate Denti
Moss was second in 11.60
seconds with Jonathon Davis
of CCAMI finishing third in
11.75 seconds.
The long distance events'
were also claimed by the
Baptists, landing a one-two
knockout punch in the under
15 girls 1500 metres. Win-
ning the event in a time of
6:07.75 seconds was Azarian
Miller, teammate Pollyann
Bethel was second in 6:21.75
seconds and G Simmons
came in third in 6:55.07 sec-
However, the 400m was

evenly split by the Anglicans
and Catholics.
Leading the way for the
Anglicans in the under 15
boys 400m were Shaquille
Burrows and Renaldo King,
finishing in times of 1:00.65
seconds and 1:01.12 seconds
respectively. Third place
went to Wesley Mullings,
competing for the Baptists.
Mullings' time was 1:02.04
Nathan Arnett took first
place prize for the Catholics
in the one lap event with a
time of 52.48 seconds,
Rashad Dean from the Bap-
tists was second in 54.82 sec-
onds and Billy Bowleg of.
Full Gospel was third in
55.18 seconds.





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TENNIS doubles team part-
ners Mark Knowles and
Daniel Nestor are back in the
groove, taking their third title
for the year and their 31st vic-
tory as a team.
The number four ranked
team in the ATP Doubles
Race headed into the tourna-
ment as the top seeds, defeat-
ing the Israeli pair of Andy
Ram and Yoni Erlichon 5-3,
5-4 Sunday, to claim the BA-
CA Trophy.
The win gives Knowles and
Nestor a 50 point boost as
they continue their race to the
Tennis Masters Cup, set for
Shanghai, China, in Novem-
However, they have yet to
seal their names to the Tennis
Masters tournament, which
hosts the top eight.

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"MY DEVASTATING overhand right and
hard left rocked him and it was over from the
first three shots," said Sherman 'Tank' Williams
after his win over the weekend.
Williams rocked former training partner Harold
'Hitman' Sconiers on Saturday during the clash at
the Magic City show, held in Orlando, Florida.
The win for Williams came on the eve of him
signing with a new promoter and boxing club,
the Silver Hawk.
The first of a series of fights to come for the
fighter, as he plans to elevate to the World's
Heavyweight title.
Fighting a much taller Sconiers was not a prob-
lem for Williams, who described his first three
shots to the body as the breaking point.
He said: "1 knew his style, he is a boxer-runner.
He boxes and then runs after he believes he has
done enough damage to the person. And plus
he has a nice right hand..
"I went straight at him at first, trying to cut
that right hand off, attacking his wide open body.
"At the end of the first round he started to
run, so I went upstairs on him. Connecting with an
overhand right, which wobbled him, forcing the
referee to step in between us.
"I was confident that I was going to take him
out, just as I went to deliver the blow I thought
would' have finished him off, the bell rang. So
basically he lived to fight another round."

Doubles pair take

BA-CA Trophy

So far, only three doubles
teams have qualified Amer-
ican twin brothers Bob and
Mike Bryan, Wayne Black
and Kevin Ullyett and Max
Mirnyl and Jonas Bjorkman.
The BA-CA tournament is
the first time the duo have
been in action since their sur-
prisingly early exit at the US
Open, held in August.
Before the US Open,
Knowles was forced to play in
several tournaments without
partner Nestor, due to injury.
However, the weekend win
is being used as a launch pad
for Knowles and Nestor ahead
of the Masters Series in

Madrid, Spain.
Currently seeded as num-
ber three in the tournament,
the duo's opening game is
scheduled against Simon
Aspelin of Sweden and Todd
Perry of Austria.
The game for the tourna-
ment's defending champions
is set for Wednesday.
After wrapping up this
week's tournament, Knowles
and Nestor will move onto the
BNP Paribas Masters in Paris,
France, October 31st.
This will conclude the qual-
ification tournaments for the
race to,the Tennis Masters

er the blows to the already battered Sconiers,
but the knockout he was looking for never came'
A confident Williams was. convinced he had
the victory under his belt, stating that he had
turned away from the plan of knocking-out
Williams said the lengthy fight against a
sistent fighter gave him the opportunity to Work
on his punches.
He added: "A few years ago we fought with a
promotion club so I knew some of his strengths
and weaknesses.
"I didn't use all I knew about him against him
in the fight, because it is always in my opinion that
a fighter can deviate from their styles during
fights, so you can't always base your's against
"But I was able to deliver some great blows
upstairs on him. I don't know which combina-
tion I am going to use, so this fight give me an
opportunity to work on the various conibina-
As Williams prepares for his two upcomfing
bouts, set for November 25th and December
28th, his main focus is combinations.
Williams has also taken on a new trainer and
workout, which started today.

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* MARK KNOWLES and Daniel Nestor received a 50 point boost aft er their victory.
(AP FILE Photos)

Tank rolls over

former training

partner Sconiers
i BOXING But Sconiers would last the entire six rounds,
By KELSIE JOHNSON taking blow after blow from Williams.
Junior Sports Reporter In the third round, Williams continued to deliv-


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Tribune Feature Writer
: .. 'or 18- I ar old
Ordain Moss,
childhood dreams
Sof winning a beau-
ty pageant have
finally become a reality. Ms
Moss recently won the title of
Miss Bahanlis World 2005, and
will soon be on her way to
S peting in her first major
international 'pageant, Miss
World 2005.
While some beauty queens
have months to prepare for a
pageant, a confident and poised
Ordain Moss will leave for the
Miss World pageant on
November 9, after being
crowned Miss Bahamas World
on October 11. The month-
long Miss World pageant
begins December 10,in Sanya,.
The.pageant queen, who is
also a student and assistant
iistructor at Yodephy Dance
:nd Mobdeling Academy, and
who has much experience on

the stage, does not seem to be
daunted by the pressure of a
single month to plan for a
pageant that some consider the
world's largest beauty contest.
And while Ms Moss is not
making any predictions about a
win -at the international
pageant, she has vowed to do
her best. "A lot of the girls in
the pageant are (in my age
group) so I'm confident. I'm
not saying that I will bring
home the crown, but I am say-
ing that I will do my best. It's
all about being optimistic," Ms
Moss tells Tribune Woman.
She is also quick to point out
that age would not have been a
factor even if she was the
youngest contestant,
It may be fate that has been
on this pageant queen's side
from the day that she was born,
as her parents named her
Ordain, which means "the cho-
sen one". Or it maybe her style
and determination, or all of the

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* CARIBBEAN Bracelet Company manufactured
the bracelets made of pink sapphires.

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Tribune Feature Writer

ny is doing its part to
raise cancer aware-
ness among Bahami-
ans, while lending its
financial support to the cause.
With a firm belief that companies in
the Bahamas have a responsibility to
support local causes in relation to
health, Douglas Cowper of Golden
Karat Limited, Prince George Plaza,
embarked upon an effort which he
hopes will encourage more compa-

nies to get involved.
In June, while attending the JCK
Show, a jewelry conference held in
Las Vegas where jewelers view new
designs, company officials saw a pro-
totype of a gold ribbon and decided
that they could use it during October,
in support of breast cancer awareness
After developing their design, Gold-
en Karat commissioned the manufac-
turer, the Caribbean Bracelet Com-
pany, to produce 100 of the bracelets.
The company began sales October 1,
and have since sold 28 of the bracelets
that are made of pink sapphires,
accented with diamonds, with white
and yellow gold bound in silver.
The acquisition of one of these

bracelets is even more significant since
each piece has its own number (from
1 to 100), making the owner a part of
this special commemorative effort.
Bracelet number one will be donated
to the Cancer Society of the Bahamas
for a silent auction at its annual ball.
Having them numbered also pro-
vides some sentimental value. Accord-
ing to Mr Cowper, a young lady pur-
chased the number 48 bracelet to pay
tribute to her mother who died from
breast cancer at that age. In fact, most
of the bracelets that have been sold,
were purchased either by cancer sur-
vivors or their family members, Mr

Cowper said.
Though the jeweler admits that the
cost of the bracelets may be a bit
steep, at $499, he believes that the
money will go a long way toward
funding the fight against cancer in the
The manufacturer has already
pledged to donate $50 to the Cancer
Society of the Bahamas for every
bracelet sold in October, while Gold-
en Karat will donate $100 from every
bracelet sold even after the month has
The company hopes to have all 100
bracelets sold by the end of the year.
Once they are sold a presentation of
funds from the manufacturer and
Golden Karat will be made to the

Mr Cowper said that he has no
family members or friends who have
been touched with breast cancer, but
decided to make these beautiful pieces
as a way to give back to the commu-
"Commerce should be more chari-
table. If you are doing well, you
should also pass that on," he told Tri-
bune Woman. "We want to raise
awareness. And maybe these funds
will go towards advertising for the
Cancer Society of the Bahamas to
encourage more women to go out
there and get mammograms."

Ordain has eyes on Miss. Worl,

FROM page 1C
above. But whatever it is, Ms
Moss seems to have the win-
ning combination.
Miss Bahamas Organisation
(MBO), owners of the Miss
World franchise for the terri-
tory of the Bahamas, held a pri-
vate screening on September
17 where eight contestants
were interviewed by a panel of
judges, and modeled swim
The newly crowned Miss
Bahamas World beat the seven

other contestants for the title.
And by doing so, she became
the fourth national beauty
queen in her family. Miss
Bahamas 1971, Tera Rahming,
is her grand-aunt, Miss
Bahamas 1991, Lisa Swain, is
her cousin, and another cousin,
Francois Newbold, won the
Miss Bahamas crown in 1987.
The advice from these family
members has been to stay calm,
show personality and be confi-
According to Michelle Mal-
colm, president of the Miss

Bahamas Organisation (MBO),
it was Ms Moss' physical beau-
ty, great personality and confi-
dence that impressed the panel
of judges. "Plus, her modeling
skills were impeccable with the
combination of all of those
traits," she adds.
Dancing and modeling for
five years at Yodephy, Ms
Moss said that she does not
really have that much work to
do in preparation for the inter-
national pageant. She is how-
ever, being coached in her
interviewing skills and diction

every week, not that the queen
is experiencing difficulties in
these areas, but the committee
wants to make sure that she is
at her best once the competi-
tion begins.
Says Ms Malcolm: "We are
focusing on her diet, and she's
doing lots of running and
pilates to lose weight. The thing
with international pageants,
there are strict unwritten rules
about a contestants weight.
And the only problem is that
we have been sending these
girls over to these pageants,
and by Bahamian standards
they are fine. But they are con-
sidered heavy on an interna-
tional scale."
Ms Moss hbpes to capitalize
on her Miss World experience
by winning the Miss World tal-
ent competition, considered
one of three "fast track" events
in the pageant that could land
her an automatic spot among
the final 15 contenders. The
three fast track events, beach
beauty, talent, and beauty with
a purpose, will be open to all
contestants and will recognize
delegates with special qualities.
Apart from her efforts in the
talent competition, the MBO
committee is requesting assis-
tance from the Bahamian pub-
lic to boost'Ms Moss' quest to
make the Miss World finals.
Once again, the Miss World
Organisation is introducing a
new voting system, called SMS,
that is set to produce the
largest global TV voting event.
With a record number of con-
testants and an innovative new
voting system, Miss World 2005
is set to make television histo-
ry as the public will choose six
new Miss World ambassadors.
Six 'Vote For Me' TV spe-
cials will present contestants
from each continental zone and
invite the global television
audience to cast votes to deter-
mine the first Miss World
Northern Europe, Miss World
Southern Europe, Miss World

Asia Pacific, Miss World
Africa, Miss World Americas,
Miss World Caribbean, and
ultimately the overall winner
of Miss World 2005.
'Miss World The Final' is
the World's largest live annual
TV event with viewing figures
of two billion. With a record
115 contestants undertaking a
month-long tour of China to
compete for this year's title,
Miss World 2005 is set to be
the most lavish spectacle in the
pageant's 54-year history,
according to a press release
from the MBO committee.
Each contestant will be allo-
cated a number for worldwide
SMS voting or via IVR in their
particular country. These num-
bers will be prominently dis-
played on television graphics
and in media. Viewers may
vote for two contestants from
their continent to go through
to the Miss World Continental
finals, although there is no lim-
it on the number of votes they
may cast.
After each show, points will
be awarded according to a vot-
ing-points structure. An effec-
tive formula will ensure that
votes from all countries equate,
regardless of the size of popu-
lation, voting medium or over-
all number of votes. Votes orig-
inating from a country are
counted and the contestants
ranked according to the num-
ber of votes received from that
country. Contestants' scores
are added for every country
within their continental zone,
with votes from outside their
continent accumulated as one
voting 'country'.
The contestants are then
allocated points aligned to their
ranking -12 for the contestant
with the most votes, ten for the
second place finisher and so on
to the tenth place finisher, who
receives two points. One point

is given to all. contestants
ranked below tenth place.
The three fast track winners
will join the continental final
applicable to them. If a fast
track winner also finishes first
or second in their continental
vote, the contestant that places
third from that continent will
go through to the continental
Viewers will have the chance
to cast votes for their favorite
girls from the first Miss World
Asia Pacific 'Vote For Me' spe-
cial on November 21 until 12
hours before the start of the
two-hour live televised final
from Sanya, on December 10.
In Miss World The Final, the
winners of three fast track
events will join the 12 Conti-
nental finalists two from each
zone ensuring that the final
line-up is truly representative
of the World.
Then it is down to the judg-
ing panel to make their final
deliberations and name the six
continental winners and for
Miss World Organisation chair- .
man Mrs Julia Morley to
announce the overall Miss
World 2005.
Says Ms Moss: "I believe that
the Bahamas has more to offer
than sun, sand and sea, and I
want people to see that. I want
us to be seen not only for our
beaches and tourism, so I need
the votes of the Bahamian peo-
ple in order to be moved to the



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death sentence


THIS is the second install-
ment in a two-part series of a
personal account on surviving
breast cancer. Part I was pub-
lished in last week's Woman
and Health.

By Brenda Anita Russell

For me, knowledge
is power. So I read
books on top of
books about breast
cancer. My
favourite book was "Dr Susan
Love's Breast Book" written
by Dr Susan Love, with Karen
Lindsey. That was given to me
by my cousin Toni Godet,
thank you and I love you Toni.
To educate myself I went on
the Internet, I have spoken
with different ladies with can-
cer, I speak with doctors to
learn more about the disease
and my options, confer with my
pastor and with my sister Bev-
erley, who has such valuable
coping information to impart.
Along with this emotional
support, I draw tremendous
support from my spiritual faith
which is very strong. I honestly
believe the Lord is going to
work a miracle in my life. I
pray, I talk to God constantly,
read my bible, and I am always
asking for a miracle. First
Corinthians Chapter 12:9-10
says gifts are given in different
ways, to one person the gift of
healing and to another the
working of miracles and they
are all given by the same spirit.
In Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked
at them and said, "With man
this is impossible, but with God
all things are possible." I know
I will be healed. Isaiah 53:5
says, "But he was wounded for
our transgressions, He was
bruised for our iniquities; the'-
chastisement for our peace was
upon him and by his stripes we
are HEALED."
Faith prayers for the afflict-
ed, James 5:13-16, "Is anyone
among you suffering? Let him
pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let
him sing Psalms. Is anyone
among you sick? Let him call
for the elders of the church,
and let them pray over him,
anointing him with oil in the
name of the Lord. And the
prayer of faith will save the
sick, and the Lord will raise
him up. And if he has commit-
ted sins, he will be forgiven.
Confess your trespasses to one
another, and pray for one
another, that you may be
healed. The effective, fervent
prayer of a righteous man
avails much."
Knowing that God is with
me all day and all the time, he
hears my cry and my pain, that
gives me the strength to per-
severe and I know God is going
to work a miracle in my life
very, very soon.
Armed with all this knowl-
edge and faith I was not pre-
pared for another shock ii July
2005. Recently I was thrust
back into chemo treatment
with a new diagnosis of cancer.
Initially, I did not think about
the possibility of a recurrence
because of my strong faith that
the treatment I had already
received had been effective. It
was a shock and I am still very
emotional about it. I am just
coming to terms with the situ-
ation and getting answers from
my doctors. I am praying daily
that God would perform a mir-
acle and heal me. So the roller
coaster ride continues as I have
already received two months
of chemo treatments taking
taxol and cisplatin every Fri-
day and I am not sure at this
junction how many more treat-
ments I will require. With can-


cer you have to face it and
I have interacted with doc-
tors and received treatment
both locally and abroad. In
Nassau I have dealt with seven
doctors and one in Miami, all
of whom I found to be very
caring and understanding and
they have provided me with
ample knowledge of the dis-
ease. I feel very comfortable
with them handling my illness
because I am confident in their
abilities. I have consulted with
an oncologist in the US and he
is a Bahamian, Dr Gershwin
Blyden whom I have found to
be very knowledgeable and
competent. I was very com-
fortable with him. I have had
many P.E.T. scans at Mount
Sinai Hospital in the last two
years and I found the radiology
personnel always very caring
and professional.

I choose to deal with my can-
cer with a positive attitude and
by helping others. In helping
others, you help yourself
because I understood from my
superior Ms Buena Wright that
I was an inspiration to her and
that I have been an inspiration
to many persons in the com-
munity and on my job. Wen-
dall Jones, CEO of Jones Com-
munication, said in a general
staff meeting on March 2004,
"other staff members of Jones
Communication need to take
a page out of Brenda's book".
I have not allowed cancer to
hinder my life or my job. I love
my job. I have worked at Jones
Communications for 11 years. I
have continued working at the
office and at home, in fact I
probably worked even harder
to maintain my top sales sta-
tus, even during my chemo
treatments and radiation and I
was the recipient of the Top
Sales Person of the Quarter
and of the Year Award 2003.

What would be my advice to
Part 1: Wake up and smell
the roses: "There are two types
of cancer patients cancer VIC-
TORS and cancer VICTIMS.
Cancer victims let the disease
take them over: They do not
reach out into life anymore.
Cancer VICTORS, are happy,
they go for walks, they smell
the flowers......they do the
things they want to do. They
do not let the disease take over
their lives. They let it have cer-
tain control points, but they do

National Mammography Day

October 21- National
Mammography Day dis-
counted screening mam-
mograms at Doctors Hos-
pital during October see
The Tribune for details

October 29 British
American Insurance, Sis-
ter Sister Breast Cancer
Support Group and Can-
cer Society of the Bahamas

at the Crystal Palace Ball-
room @ 8am, donation
We are inviting all cor-
porate companies to pur-
chase a table of 10 tickets
for their staff we encour-
age family members and
friend/co-workers to sup-
port your cancer friend,
male or female.

not let it control them".
(Adapted from a quotation by
John Chapman, bone cancer
patient, The Alpha Book On
Cancer And Living).
Ladies, ladies I am a cancer
Victor. Which one are you? Be
vigilant about your health, vis-
it your doctors often for breast
exams, yearly mammograms
and pap smears. Women, doc-
tors at home are the best, take
it from me. I have seven doc-
tors that I see at home, Drs
Diggiss, Turnquest, Porter,
Carroll, Neil, Sands and Carey.
Stay at home, your family sup-
port base is here in the
Bahamas, not in the States.
.However, if you are going to
the States the Bahamian Doc-
tor to see is Dr Gershwin Bly-
den. I would like to publicly
thank all of my seven doctors
and Dr Gershwin Blyden in
Ask questions, know what
your options are, research the
Internet, read lots of books on
cancer, change your diet, eat
lots of fruits and veggies, and
connect with the Sister Sister
Breast Cancer support group
or the Cancer Society of the
Bahamas for more information
about cancer. Also call me if
you want to talk at 327-6487.
The Sister Sister Cancer sup-
port group meetings are held
every second Wednesday of the
month at 5pm at the Cancer
Society headquarters, East Ter-
race, Centreville. For further
details contact Nurse Charlene
McPhee at the Surgical Suite,
Centreville Medical Centre at
326-1929 or call the Cancer
Society of the Bahamas at 323-

Advice Part 2: Cancer is
NOT a death sentence. There
are women today who have
been living with cancer for 20
and 40 years, "so don't worry,
be happy!"
Women, I have heard many
of your cries and pains over
and over. However, many
women are afraid to address
this particular issue of loneli-
ness and desertion. As a mem-
ber of the Sister Sister Breast
Cancer support group I have
decided to take up the chal-
lenge which is always over
looked. Many of our Bahamian
men are not mature and edu-
cated enough to deal with the
word 'cancer' but there ARE
many loyal, devoted and
mature men out there who will
not leave a woman just because
she has cancer because he
knows that is the time when
she really needs his moral sup-
I have heard repeated sto-
ries about those men who have
left the relationship using work,
other problems, stress or any
other excuse even though
things were quite fine before
the woman got cancer. If he is
not willing to face up to the
fact that he can not deal with
the issue of cancer, then let him
go in the name of Jesus. Just
put the relationship in God's
To all men good, bad, pre-
tenders and procreators around
the world who are reading my
story locally or via the Inter-

net today, please share it with
your male friends and let them
know that many women out
there are hurting as a result of
your bad treatment, neglect
and desertion.
In years gone by, cancer was
a death sentence, but nowa-
days with all the modern tech-
nology available, cancer can be
cured, there is life after cancer.
So men, if your partner should
get cancer be aware that this
is the time she needs your sup-
port. She needs you to be by
her side, if only to see your face
and to get a hug. Sometimes
you might not know what to
say but sometimes you do not
have to say anything, just be
there for her. Believe me when
I say it would make a huge dif-
ference in her life. Moral sup-
port is not just talking on the
phone, it is being there physi-
cally and mentally, in body and
spirit. It is medication for the
There are two types of men,
good and bad, none in
between. Which type are you?
I have the greatest respect for
three men I know personally
who have been through thick
and thin for their wives with
cancer. One is a government
minister, one is Jackson Burn-
side, and the other is my broth-
er-in-law, Vivian Lockhart. He
has not left my sister Bever-
ley's side from the first day she
was diagnosed with cancer. For
the past eight years he has
always been there for her. God
will take care of good men like
them. God has ways of blessing
these men.
I would like to publicly thank
my daughter Monette, my son-
in-law Carlos Albury, my
mother Annie Russell, my sis-
ters Beverley and Barbara, my
brothers Colin, Larry, Barry
and Lyndon and their families


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Education 'key'

in fight

against breast cancer

W ith an aimgh
to providmessage to public through ser
that will
decrease the prevalence of taken its message to the gener- lene McPhee RN, said that cer. "Education is so very
breast cancer in the country, al public through a series of many Bahamian women are important because we've found
the Sister Sister Breast Cancer town meetings. not aware of the implications out that even our intellectual
Support Group, has once again Founder of the group Char- associated with this type can- Bahamian women (in high-pro-

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filed jobs) seem to not be
aware of the simple things they
can do to prevent breast can-
Members of the support
group, the public and local
health professionals turned out
at the Cable Beach Resort for
part one of the town meetings,
held last week, which aired live
on Love 97: This year the
group decided to go with the
theme, "The implications of
breast cancer to Bahamian
women", in an attempt to
heighten awareness of all phys-
ical and psychological demands
of breast cancer.
Panelist Dr Charles Diggiss,
a surgeon at the Surgical Suite,
said that breast cancer appears
to be occurring more frequent-
ly in younger women, and it isa
"striking" diagnosis. In his
opinion, having to tella patient
that she has breast cancer has
"eclipsed" the intensity of hav-
ing to tell a patient that they
must undergoianioperation, as
breast cancer more intimately
changes the quality of that
woman's life.
One of the main challenges
in his practice may be as simple
as getting through to these
patients after he has told them
of their diagnosis.
.I always recommend hav-
ing a relative there because in
an anxious moment, one thing
you remember is that you don't.
remember what is told, Any
bad news takes a while to be
absorbed,"' he told the audi-
"We try to get them to focus
on what the next step will be -
whether we need to do a wider
removal of a lump with some
surgical incision, and if they
qualify based upon the posi-
tion of the lump and its size in
relation to the size of the
breast," the surgeon added.
Also on the panel address-

ing the town meeting were Dr
Theodore Turnquest, an oncol-
ogist; Nurse Sandra Rolle, a
breast cancer survivor; and
Jackson Burnside, the spouse
of a cancer survivor.
According to Dr Turnquest,
cancer carries a significant psy- ^
chological impact on the
patient. A cancer diagnosis is
seen as a "show-stopper" that
brings the patient to a "crescen-
do" of anxiety.
Agreeing with Dr Diggiss,
the oncologists said that
patients often remember no
more than five per cent of what
is told to them in the first meet-
ing. And as a result, informa-
tion must be reinforced
through repetition in subse-
quent meetings and through lit-
Raising awareness in the
community about breast can-
cer, however, will eventually
decrease the burden of late
detection. Unfortunately
though, people in the Bahamas
are diagnosed when the tumour
is already too big, Dr Turn-
quest noted.
Nurse McPhee, who mem-
bers of the support group refer
to as "mother", told Tribune
Health that women need to
focus on early detection. "They
need to know that prevention,
early detection is better than
cure when you're talking about
breast cancer. Too many young
Bahamian women are coming
to their doctors at stages three
and four of breast cancer. And
you know by the time you get
at stage four, (the cancer) has
already spread everywhere."
The Support group has as its
mission, to provide support,
care, encouragement, coping
skills, resources, strength and
hope for women who have or

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When should you do

a Breast Self-Exam

THE concern: One in
eight women will develop
breast cancer. Breast cancer
is the second leading cause
of cancer deaths in women.
The 'good news is that by
protecting your own health,
you can help to change these
statistics. The earlier that
breast cancer is detected, the
better the outcome. A regu-
larly scheduled mammo-
gram can significantly
iicrease the survival rate for
women with breast cancer.
When should you do a
Breast Self-Exam?
Examine your breasts at
the same time of the month,
within three days after your
menstrual period stops. The
breasts will be less tender or
swollen and easier to exam-
ine at that time.
The following guidelines

represent the best screening
tools for breast cancer: Age
20-39: perform a breast self-
exam once a month, have a
yearly mammogram if you
have a personal history or
at risk, and have an annual
physical every two years.
If you are over aged 40,
perform a breast self-exam
once a month, have a yearly
mammogram, and an annu-
al physical each year.
For more information on
how to prevent and detect
Breast Cancer, attend the
free health lecture "The Dis-
tinguished Lecture Series"
at Doctors Hospital featur-
ing Oncologist, Dr.
Theodore Turnquest, Thurs-
day October 20th in the con-
ference room at 6pm.
SSource: Doctors

Tribune Feature Writer

Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group takes its




The Role of Infection

Control in Health


Provided by TAMARA
Coordinator Infection
Control and Safety,
Doctors Hospital
Hospitals and clinics
provide an interesting
interaction between
hosts (humans) and
microorganisms (bac-
teria, viruses and fungus). Many of us
may not usually consider this, but the
health care environment can con-
tribute to the transmission of infec-
tions, if control measures are not
implemented and maintained.
Why is this?
There are several reasons:
1. Patients seeking treatment may
have infections that can be easily
transmitted to others (e.g. Influenza,
2. Patients seeking health care ser-
vices, particularly invasive procedures,
may be more susceptible (e.g. the very
young, the elderly, pregnant women
and the immuno-compromised) to
developing infections especially if
basic infection control practices are
not observed.
3. Staff shortages, or busy periods
which may mean that more patients
may be seen at any given time by one.
caregiver and less emphasis placed on
infection control.
4. Limited resources allocated for
infection control and prevention.
Hospitals recognize these factors
and appreciate the fact that infection

prevention and control is important
to ensure positive patient care out-
comes. Therefore hospitals usually
employ persons to coordinate the
Infection Control Programme.
An effective Infection Control Pro-
gramme utilizes surveillance and epi-
demiology tools to reduce the risk of
infections that may be associated
specifically with the care received dur-
ing a hospital/clinical visit.
In an effort to minimize the spread
of infections, hospital surveillance
activities will place emphasis on the
following practices:
1. Patient Isolation Any patient
admitted with a communicable dis-.
ease, whether suspected or confirmed,
is placed on precautions, which may
entail separating the infectious patient
from other patient (patient isolation),
with the application of appropriate
2. Barrier Techniques Appropriate
precautions such as barrier techniques
are applied based upon the mode of
transmission of the bacteria, virus or
fungus. For example, special respira-
tory protective devices must be used if
contact with a patient with confirmed
or suspected Tuberculosis is antici-
3. Asepsis Asepsis is at the core of
infection control, Asepsis simply

implies that sterile techniques must
be applied during any clinical proce-
dure (e.g. inserting IV catheters, or
collecting blood specimen). This elim-
inates the risk of transmitting infec-
tious agents, such as bacteria, fungus
or virus to patients.
4. Outbreak investigation and con-
trol Infection control surveillance
activities are usually quite successful in
controlling potential outbreaks. An
understanding of the epidemiology
and the infectious process allows for a
common link/source (e.g. person, loca-
tion, procedure) to be identified. This
factor is eliminated in an attempt to
control the outbreak.
As a patient you should enquire
about the Infection Control Pro-
gramme at any medical institution in
which you receive treatment, particu-
larly in outpatient clinics (e.g. physi-
cian offices and clinics), as, the infec-
tion control programme may be less
developed in such settings. This
implies that there may be little to no
surveillance of infection as well as the
absence of written policies and pro-
cedures. While the risk of acquiring
an infection in such a setting is mini-
mal, this risk increases based upon

the type of treatment received (e.g.
surgical procedures) and the host's
(patient) susceptibly.
The following factors can increase
your susceptibility for acquiring an
1. Age (children and the elderly)
2. Underlying diseases/health con-
ditions (such as cancer, diabetes, HIV
3. Pregnancy
4. Prolonged hospitalization
5. Prolonged antibiotic use
6. Undergoing invasive procedures
(e.g. surgery)
These simple tips can help prevent
Always follow your physician's
orders for breathing exercises. This
eliminates the build up of secretions in
the lungs, which could lead to pneu-
monia. Use the incentive spirometer,
if provided.
Make an effort to get out of bed
(e.g. sit in bedside chair, take walks
around the ward), this minimizes the
risk of developing leg clots and pneu-
Always wash your hands following
toilet use and before eating
Remind your family and friends to
phone rather than make hospital vis-
its if they have an infection that could
be passed on to you.

Remind your visitors to wash their
hands when visiting you and when
leaving your room.
If you have dressings or bandages
(e.g. IV sites or surgical sites) always
keep the skin around the dressing
clean and dry.
Inform your nurse as soon as pos-
sible of any dressing that may become
lose or wet and request for the dress-
ing to be changed.
If you have any type of foley
catheter (urine bag) or tube (e.g. chest
tubes), inform your nurse promptly if
it becomes loose or dislodged.
For additional information on Infec-
tion Prevention and Control you may
Association for Professionals in
Infection Control and Epidemiology
website at
Center for Disease Control and Pre-
vention at
The Department of Public Health at
302 4790

This informative weekly column
provided by Doctors Hospital is
intended to educate women about
important issues regarding their health
and is not intended as a substitute for
consultation with an
obstetrician/gynaecologist. Please send
questions via e-mail to tribune@tri- or mrassin@doctorsh-
soptiaLcom. For more information call

Education 'key in fight

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FROM page 5C
have had breast cancer. Nurse McPhee
refers to the group as a "dynamic attach-
ment" of women that promotes healing
and wholeness.
Though if is not a survivor of breast
cancer herself, Nurse McPhee says that
when cancer patient is involved in a sup-
port group of persons who have been in
her situation before, the patient's outlook
on life changes.A breast cancergsurvivor of
21 years is the oldest person in the group.

During part two of the foru held yes-
terday, Pam Burnside, wife of Jackson
Burnside, and Dr Gregory Neil, recon-
structive surgeon were expectersto address
Sthe gathering.
The Sister Sister support group, which
was launched September 2000 with 15,
now boasts a membership of more than
120 persons all survivors of breast cancer.
The two-day breast cancer forum is not

tlhe first of its kind for the group, which
tries annually to put emphasis on various
issues related to breast cancer. The group
has held town meetings annually since its
inception in 2000.

Every Wednesday during the month of
October, the Sister Sister Breast Cancer
Support Group will meet at British Amer-
ican Insurance, Independence Highway
from 5pm to 7pm. For more information
contact Nurse McPhee at 326-1929.


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DOCTORS Hospital Distinguished
Lecture Series: Distinguished Oncologist,
Dr Theodore Turnquest will discuss Can-
cer Awareness Thursday, October 20 at 6pm
in the Doctors Hospital conference room.
The lecture will focus on health issues relat-
ing to cancer and is free to the general pub-
lic. Free blood pressure, cholesterol and glu-
cose screenings will be performed between
5pm and 6pm. To ensure available seating
RSVP 302-4603.
DOCTORS Hospital Fun/Run/Walk:
Doctors Hospital will be hosting its annual
Fun Run/Walk on Saturday October 22, at
7am in the Doctors Hospital Shirley Street
parking lot. The run will be followed by a
health fair and exhibition in the conference
room featuring free blood pressure, choles-
terol and glucose screenings. For more infor-
mation call 302-4603.
THE Cancer Society of the Bahamas
meets at 5.30pm on the second Tuesday of
each month at their Headquarters at East
Terrace, Centreville. Call 323-4482 for more
PRE & POST Natal Fitness Classes
will be held on Tuesday and Thursday
evenings at 6.30, beginning September 27
at Nassau gymNastics Seagrapes location
(off Prince Charles Drive). Doctor approval
is required. Call 364-8423 to register or for
more information.
DIABETES Directions a FREE dia-
betic support group meets the first Monday
of each month at 6.30pm at New Providence
Community Centre, Blake Road. Dinner is
provided and free blood sugar, blood pres-

sure and cholesterol testing is available. For
more info call 702-4646 or 327-2878
REACH Resources & Education for
Autism and related Challenges meets from
7pm 9pm the second Thursday of each
month in the cafeteria of the BEC building,
Blue Hill Road.
MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets
the third Monday every month, 6pm @ Doc-
tors Hospital conference room.
THE Bahamas Diabetic Association
meets every third Saturday, 2.30pm (except
August and December) @ the Nursing
School, Grosvenor Close, Shirley Street.
DOCTORS Hospital, the official train-
ing centre of the American Heart Associa-
tion offers CPR Classes certified by the
The course defines the warning signs of
respiratory arrest and gives prevention
strategies to avoid sudden death syndrome
and the most common serious injuries and
choking that can occur in adults, infants and
CPR and First Aid classes are offered
every third Saturday of the month from 9am-
1pm. Contact a Doctors Hospital Commu-
nity Training Representative at 302-4732
for more information and learn to save a
life today.
ALCOHOLICS Anonymous meets @
16 Rosetta St, Monday-Friday and Sunday,
6pm-7pm & 8.30pm-9.30pm, and on Satur-
day, 10am-llam & 6pm-7pm & 8.30pm-
9.30pm; @ Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
Shirley St, on Friday at 6pm.


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on gardening

'Cucumbers and squash need

special soil preparation
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I was told by a Scotsman
who went to Bucking-
ham Palace to pick up
a prestigious award
tha the Queen is par-
tial to serving little egg and
cucumber sandwich triangles
at her garden receptions. He
says he left the palace with the
trouser pockets of his morning
suit stuffed with 'the horrible
little things' rather than eat
Cucumbers can be polariz-
ing: You either love them or
you hate them. They play hav-
oc with many people's diges-
tive system and I have known
of several conch salads that

were ruined because somebody
decided to add justt a little'
cucumber to the dishCucum-
ber (with dill) makes a lovely
summer cold soup but does not
belong in conch salad.

by GarenerSc

iurpOSes and therefore seedless. English somewhat stronger than that
cucumbers grown outdoors in of English cucumbers.
There are many types of the Bahamas will be fertilized
cucumber, some of which are and contain seeds but will Growth
really squashes like the Armen- retain their distinctive taste and
ian cucumber, but for our pur- considerablelength. -. Cucumbers and squash need
poses there are only two: The American cucumbers are the special soil preparation for sat-
English and the American. easiest toprocure. They tendto isfactory growth. The soil
English cucumbers are nor- grow from six inches to a foot should be well drained yet con-;
mally grown in hothouses long and have short spines on tain mulch, peat moss or com-
where, in the absece of theirsurface. They end tohave mercial cow manure in order
insects, they are unfertilized thick skins, and the flavour is to condition the soil and retain,

the correct amount of mois-
ture. Most gardeners ensure
the soil is well drained by mak-
ing 'hills', raised areas about
18 inches in diameter to which
cow manure, etc., has been
added. Three seeds can be
sown in each hill and allowed
to spread from there.
English cucumbers should be
grown on trellises that will
ensure they are straight. Amer-
ican cucumbers also benefit
from trellises and grow straight;
they are also kept clear of
predatory ground insects. They
are fit to eat once the prickly.
spines can be rubbed away eas-

The culture of simmer and
Winter squash is the same 'as
for cucumbers. Summer squash
do not vine and produce their
fruits from the base of the
plant. Crookneck, Straight,
Zucchini, Scallopini and Patty
Pan are varieties that can. be
grown by the home gardener.
It used to be that only the
classiest .of restaurants, serVed
'baby squash, complete with
Flowers. Now even less than
:four-star restaurants provide
the tender, attractive morsels.
'If you grow .your own,,of
course; you can avoiid a mid-.
season glut by steaming baby
zucchin or squash, with flow-
One problem with suminer
squash is damage to the leaves.
They are large and teneri.
Nighttime moisture, such as is
exuded by pine trees, allows
powdery mildew and fungus
spores to attach themselves to
the leaves. '
WheN the sun dries ifhe
leaves off the spores they are in
a perfect position to colonise.
Regular treatment with a rec-
ommended fungicide is the
only way to avoid summer
Squash disaster.
Winter squash is so called
because the skins are thick and
in northern climes could be
stored well into winter. But-
ternut, Acorn and Spaghetti
squash are all easily grown and
are very rewarding crops. Grow
enough winter squash at one
time to ensure there are mate
flowers around to service the
.needs of the female flowers. If
germination does not appear
to be happening, try pollinating
the flowers yourself. Use a cot-
ton ear swab to dab potleji
from a male flower and then
flick the pollen onto the inside
base structure of a female
flower. This is best done when
the sun has removed all traces,
of moisture from the flowers,
but before midday.
Both summer and winter
squash are very healthy foods
and should appear in our diet
as much as possible.






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